Baltimore Housing Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy
Commissioner Paul T. Graziano joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and thousands of residents on Saturday, January 19, 2013 to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More than 50 groups participated in the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, including high school and community bands, honor and color guards, lively dance squads, and civic organizations. This year’s emcees were Konan of 92Q and Randy Dennis of Magic 95.9.
In the past, the parade has been scheduled for the Dr. King holiday, but this year it was moved up to avoid conflicting with the 57th Presidential Inauguration. So many people in the region are taking advantage of our proximity to Washington D.C. to celebrate this momentous occasion. However, Mayor Rawlings-Blake wanted everyone to have the chance to honor Dr. King and celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The grand marshal for this year’s parade was Charles "Choo" Smith, former member of the Original Harlem Globetrotters. Known as one of the "greatest dribblers in the world," Smith took his skills off the basketball court and into the lives of youth throughout Maryland and across the world. He founded Choo Smith Youth Empowerment, Inc., which helps youths who are in need through basketball camps and other charitable efforts.
For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade presented by Forman Mills, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit promotionandarts.org.