Rain Didn't Stop Lufkin's MLK Day Activities

by Ramonica R. Jones The wet weather forced several MLK Day events around East Texas to be called off, but the bad weather did not stop the annual ceremony in Lufkin. Civil rights supporters had planned to march through downtown, but instead they drove to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of equality. The way they paid tribute was different this year, but the meaning of the celebration was the same. Supporter Valencia Edner said, "Life was ugly and nasty when they had to do these marches in the '60s to make a difference in our lives, and so it's just fitting that we would go through some things because they went through enough for us."   Monday marked the 15th anniversary of the MLK Day celebration in Lufkin. The annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony took place Monday at the Dunbar Primary School in Lufkin. The event honored past and present Lufkin residents who have made outstanding professional accomplishments. Patsy McGee Brown is a longtime educator with the Houston I.S.D. She called her induction a high honor. "I worked in education in Houston for 36 years, but I got my foundation in Lufkin and it was through the knowledge I gained at Garrett, Brandon, and Dunbar [schools] that enabled me to go to T.S.U. (Texas Southern University) to receive a bachelor's degree, a masters degree, mid-management and do well," McGee said.   Also inducted into the Dunbar Hall of Honor this year was Joe Morris Thompson. Thompson once served as information officer for the United States government - position created by former president Bill Clinton.