Denton’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observation will be one of solemnity and then celebration.
King is the most prominent American civil rights leader, and was slain after his years promoting racial desegregation in public spaces throughout the country.
The solemnity comes with the day of service. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Denton residents are invited to gather at the American Legion Hall, 629 Lakey Drive, to launch a trash cleanup of the community surrounding Fred Moore Park.
Also at 10 a.m. Saturday, vendor booths — serving food and offering information — will open at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Booths will be open until 2 p.m.
The celebration resumes Monday at the recreation center with flag football for youths at 11 a.m.
At 3 p.m., a rally led by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will begin at the University of North Texas Union, on Union Circle. After the rally, participants will march from the Union to Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.
Also Monday, the Denton Faith Alliance will be leading a community service project at the Fred Moore Day Nursery School. The nursery and day school is the sole sliding-scale child care center in Denton.
Starting at 9 a.m., members of the faith alliance, members of local congregations and any other volunteers are invited to help with tasks at the school: relocating a large play structure on the school grounds, installing a sandbox, laying groundcover, installing edging, sanding and varnishing furniture, painting, doing yardwork and deep cleaning. The service day will end at noon.
The alliance is also working to raise $5,000 to buy groundcover for the playground and new equipment and supplies for the school. Donations can be made directly to the Fred Moore Day Nursery School, 821 Cross Timber St., Denton, TX 76205.
— Lucinda Breeding