NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Day Jr. sets the stage for new goals set by the NAACP in Nacogdoches. There are signs King's legacy lives on through the work of others.
Nacogdoches NAACP's leaders successfully renewed its national charter in April. Saturday night, they take their oath of office to fulfill a commitment.
"Committed to the welfare and well being of the human race," said Leonard Sweat, the president of the NAACP's Nacogdoches chapter.
I think some of the problems that the nation has had are going to help us to really get down to serious business," said Rev. Alex Don Mills, the vice president of the NAACP's Nacogdoches chapter.
"I think there can be a lot more progress if we work together as a community," said Charlene Brown, the assistant treasurer of the NAACP's Nacogdoches chapter.
Sweat said he wants to achieve unity among all races and socio-economic levels.
"And have a round table discussion with different people; black, white, Hispanic and try to keep a connection," Sweat said.
The NAACP chapter is committed to positive change.
"The NAACP purpose and plan has got more clarity on what our responsibilities are and what we ought to be doing," Mills said. "As a matter of fact, the state and the national had given us specific instructions on what we ought to be doing and not doing."
The recommendation is spend less time and money on legal complaints, including arrests, punishment, and sentencing. Instead, leaders say they'll concentrate on social issues.
"Education, religion, criminal justice," Sweat said.
"We want to do get back with the tutoring," Brown said. "We want to do more things in the community as far as health. Our people are in need of health insurance."
The committees are there. The structure is developing. The result could be a dream come true for a vibrant NAACP chapter in Nacogdoches.
Three events will commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The first is the swearing-in ceremony of new officers of the Nacogdoches NAACP chapter at 6 p.m.. Saturday in the Nacogdoches County Courthouse Annex.
Then Sunday night the MLK Community-wide Church Service will be held at Zion Hill Baptist church from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Monday, MLK Day, the Progressive Leadership Group is sponsors a 9:30 a.m. prayer meeting at the Eugenia Sterne Park on East Main.
It's followed by the Main Street march to the courthouse where speakers will address the group beginning at 10:30 a.m.