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Family, Friends Bid Farewell Garland NAACP Prepares for 2011 MLK Parade to Lubbock Co-Publisher

Eddie P. Richardson, a longtime community activist and co-founder of East Lubbock’s community newspaper, Southwest Digest.

LUBBOCK, TEXAS- Last week, the Southwest Digest, along with family and many friends paid their last respects to Eddie P. Richardson, a longtime community activist and co-founder of East Lub-

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bock’s community newspaper, Southwest Digest. Eddie was passed away the Sunday before Christmas at his home. He was 74 yearsold. Mr. Richardson is survived by his mother, Helen

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Hereford, his two daughters, Angela of Lubbock and Karen of Atlanta, GA. Other members of his surviving family include eight grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Richardson dedicated his life in the black community of Lubbock. He also founded the city’s Black Chamber of Entrepreneurs. Richardson also served as a governor’s appointee to the statewide Juneteenth Celebration Board. For several years, Richardson spearheaded Lubbock’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. One of Eddie’s biggest contribution to the black community in Lubbock, was working with his partner and dearest friend for 40 years, T.J. Patterson, at the Southwest Digest Newspaper office. Richardson and Patterson met in 1970, which at the time Richardson wanted to write for a paper. Mr. Patterson thought that Eddie was losing his mind, but about six years later, they crafted their first paper for the black community. Later on through the years, Eddie persuaded T.J. to run for office ad City Councilman. Eddie had a heart for people, regardless to race, greed or color. He always wanted to do whatever he could to help people.

B.J. Williams, President of the Garland NAACP, said the goal of this March is to foster education, unity, political empowerment, and community involvement. GJN/file photo Diane Xavier EDITOR

Renowned Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., electrified the nation with his historical ‘I Have a Dream’ speech which was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom. It was estimated that over a quarter million people of diverse ethnicities attended the event. In 2011, racial issues are still an important part of America. With the first ever Black President in office, Barack Obama is continuing to carry out Dr. King’s vision of harmony and equality. In 2010 alone, topics such as the Arizona Immigration Law, the Tea Party racial controversy, and the scandal against former USDA official Shirley Sherrod, rocked the country and affected

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Gwen Daniels, MLK Activities Chair and Event Staff, said the committee has been working hard to ensure the March and Parade run smoothly. GJN/file photo

people of all ethnic backgrounds. In Garland, which is considered one of the most diverse cities in the nation, Dr. King’s legacy still lives on as the Garland Branch of the NAACP will host its 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Parade on Saturday January 15th. The event starts at 10am. B.J. Williams, President of the Garland NAACP, said the goal of this March is to foster education, unity, political empowerment, and community involvement, in a two day celebration of the life and legacy of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “This will be a great teaching opportunity for our young people.” Williams said. “There is still a lot of work to do. We need the community to get involved and mobilize

our community in order to make a difference.” The theme this year is “Recognizing Our Youth and Adult Members on MLK Day.” “The youth is our core and our foundation,” Williams said. “We need to help them by improving their school performance level and lower the drop out rate. Also, this parade will recognize the fact that we still need to improve the community, economy and provide justice for all.” Williams said that if we don’t help the youth there will be problems. “We need to help the younger generation because if we don’t, future generations will suffer,” he said. The parade will start on Dairy Road at Garden Drive and ends at the Granville Arts Center at Fifth Continued Page 11


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Riding the Bench in the Economic Super Bowl By James Clingman On the national scene, money is being tossed around by the billions and sometimes by the trillions, from the Washington political elite to the super-wealthy and corporate bigwigs via tax breaks and bailouts. The national deficit is around $1.5 trillion and the national debt is $14 trillion. Banks and other financial institutions, in addition to pharmaceutical and insurance firms are livin’ large. And the big boys on Wall Street are gearing up for their annual blockbuster bonuses, the average of which is $1 million per employee! Money, money everywhere, and not a dollar for us. It’s the economic Super Bowl, folks, and we are sitting on the bench. We have been relegated to permanent underclass status, as Dr. Claud Anderson told us we would become if we did not act. We have little influence, much less any real power in political and economic circles. In this current economic Super Bowl, even when we get a little ahead, the political referees are always there to throw the penalty flag on us for being off side or, in other words, for being out of our place. Take the recent approval (finally) of the Black Farmers’ lawsuit against the USDA; despite it being settled in the 1990’s, it is still being held up, even though the perpetrators of that misdeed were found guilty. Black farmers and their families still suffer as a result of blatant discrimination by the USDA, and yet folks like Representatives Michele Bachman of Minnesota and Steve King of Iowa are railing against the settlement as “pure and complete fraud” and “slavery reparations.” This guy Steve King said, “The fraudulent claims might be, well, Johnny, yeah, he was raised on a farm, but he wouldn’t help his dad, he went off to the city and became a drug addict. But now his daddy’s died, and Johnny wants the $50,000 that comes from the USDA under this claim.” King’s and Bachman’s words go deeper than just a negative reflection on themselves; they also speak volumes about those who elected and reelected them to the U.S. Congress. So much for those two idiots. We have billions of dollars going to corporate interests and lobbyists while veterans of war are denied a measly $250 check? Active duty soldiers are given a measly 1.2 - 1.9 percent pay increase. Senior citizens, for the second consecutive year, will get no cost of living allowance in their Social Security checks. Senate Repubs reject the proposed $7.4 billion health care fund for

the 911 emergency workers, some of whom are now dying of lung cancer as a result of their heroism. What a bunch of guys we have in DC, huh? Money, money everywhere, but not a dollar for vets, seniors, and “heroes.” Yes, for a select and relative few the economic Super Bowl is well underway; and for many of us, the best we can do is watch the game, either from the bench (with no hope of getting in), the sidelines, the stands, on television, or we can read about it after the game is over. There will be no losing team in this Super Bowl; the celebration will go on for months in both camps. Dollars will continue to flow into their coffers while we, the Proletariat, remain at the mercy of political court-jesters manipulated by the hidden hand of the greedy and corrupt. Understanding that in poker you have to play the hand you were dealt, I also understand that a good bluff works ever now and then; no need to fold every bad hand. The latest boondoggle for the super wealthy, in the form of tax breaks, is yet another illustration of the continuous and disgraceful kowtowing to a few folks who already have more money than they could ever spend in two lifetimes. In juxtaposition, this latest compromise is also illustrative of an old saying that goes something like this: The measure of a country is in how it treats the least among its citizens. The sheer hypocrisy being displayed by politicians vis-à-vis those revered as war heroes, veterans, the long term unemployed, and senior citizens is sickening, shameful, and beyond comprehension. The politicians’ complete lack of compassion and concern for those who need help the most can only be characterized as reprehensible - and that’s putting it mildly. But the Super Bowl is underway, folks. And while most of us cannot afford the price of admission, the game will continue nevertheless. When will it end, you say? No one knows for sure, but one thing is certain: It will end. The clock will run out and the celebrations will come to an end. The more important question is: What will we do in the meantime? My recommendation is what it has been for years on end: Organize our own economic Super Bowl; select our own team members; make our own rules; create and execute our own collective economic initiatives. We must stop being economic benchwarmers waiting to get into a game in which we have no chance of playing.

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K AESNDOLYN S! E GW N I BA New Year’s Eve is fun me, but… Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for 10 years and for 9 of those years my husband has taken me to a party celebra ng the coming of a new year. However, last year when I was in the hospital, my husband went out with his friends in celebra on. In that one night of fun, he met another woman. All during this year I have been figh ng the ba le to keep him. Two weeks ago he told me that he was taking her out on New Year’s Eve. In fact, he said he intends to leave me for her - saying he was in love. Gwendolyn, we have children together. Their ages are 2 years, 5 years, and 8 years. He was supposed to be keeping our children on last New Year’s Eve, but he had taken them to my mother’s house. What can I do? I don’t want to spend New Year’s Eve alone. I love my husband. Margaret Dear Margaret: What’s love got to do with it? You have spent all of 2010 trying to ba le to keep him - and he has spent all of 2010 cour ng his new love. I would like to think that the woman he met on last New Year’s Eve was a passing drunk affec on. You know…drinking and having a good me. Let me tell you this: It was okay for your husband to take the children to your mother. At least he did not leave them at home alone. Margaret, never let a man know just how hurt you really are. It is sickening to watch the TV talk shows showing women crying as if their life ended with losing their mate. Think about it. To have a bad marriage is worse than not having a marriage at all. Hold your head high and on New Year’s Eve keep your children up late to bring in the New Year. A marriage license does not come with a ‘guarantee.’ When the New Year comes in have the mindset to get rid of the old --- and seek someone new. ***Do you have a son or grandson age 10-17? Help him to choose college not jail. Order DECISIONS In The Life Of A Growing Male Youth. For ordering information write to Gwendolyn Baines at: P. O. Box 10066, Raleigh, NC 27605-0066 (to receive a reply send a self-addressed stamped envelope) or email her at: or visit her website at:

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FAITH Spiritual Encouragement

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The Call of Mar n Luther King Jr., “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good dings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the cap ves, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.” Isaiah 61:1-2 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanc fied thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the na ons.” Jeremiah 1:5 The Rev. Mar n L. King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia into a family of ministers. He was the leading organizer of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s which led to desegrega on of the public places, the aboli on of legal discrimina on against African Americans in employment, and vo ng rights for blacks. King’s success was in eleva ng the issue of equality into a moral crusade. He appealed to the conscience of the na on and brought pressure on the federal government to pass legisla on that remedied many of society inequi es. This eloquent, s rring orator was able to convince people of goodwill that jus ce is inherent in the civil rights cause. “I have set a watchmen upon the walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make men on of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, ll he establish, and ll he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7 We all have a call to be a witness, and share the good news of the gospel. You may say; I am not a minister like MLK. I encourage you to pray and seek the Lord ll you find your cause. There is a witness and guide in the hearts of all believers called the Holy Spirit and we want receive rest un l we answer the call God has on our life. Be Blessed. Happy New Year! Ruby Grant You can write to Ruby Grant at c/o Garland Journal News, PO Box 24, Greenville, TX 75403 or email her at (

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1. Martin Luther King was best known for his philosophy of: a. black nationalism b. civil disobedience c. socialism

6. What world-famous prize was Martin Luther King honored with? a. The Pulitzer Prize b. The Nobel Peace Prize c. The Nobel Prize in Literature

2. Which of these major events first distinguished Martin Luther King as an important civil rights leader? a. The Montgomery Bus Boycott b. The March on Washington c. Brown v. Board of Education

7. Which of these quotations is by Martin Luther King? a. “I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.” b. “You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.” c. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

3. Martin Luther King was the leader of which organization? a. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) b. Student Non-Violent Coordinating Society (SNCC) c. The Nation of Islam 4. Martin Luther King received a Ph.D. from Boston University in what field? a. political science b. history c. theology 5. In 1963, Martin Luther King was arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Alabama. What famous work did he write during that time? a. Why We Can’t Wait b. Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community c. Letter From Birmingham City Jail

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8. Where did Martin Luther King give his famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech? a. During the March on Washington b. When he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize c. During the Birmingham Bus Boycott 9. Who assassinated Martin Luther King? a. James Earl Ray b. Sirhan Sirhan c. Mark Chapman 10. The city in which Martin Luther King was born has numerous memorials and historical landmarks associated with him-what city is it? a. Memphis b. Detroit c. Atlanta

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Garland Leaders Look to Create New City Image

Diane Xavier EDITOR

The City of Garland has seen a lot of change and growth within the past decade. With the addition of the Firewheel Town Center, the new Richland College Campus location and a revitalized downtown area, the city has decided that it needs to develop a unified branding and marketing campaign to promote fur-

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ther economic development and create a new community identity both within Garland - and to outside audiences. The project will be a joint effort between the City of Garland, the Garland Convention and Visitors Bureau and communications firm Hahn, Texas. Garland Mayor Ronald E. Jones says that there are many positive things about Garland that people will

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discover. “It has been my goal as mayor to promote Garland as a great place to live, work and play,” says Mayor Jones. “This branding project will give us the tools to effectively share the many reasons why Garland is, indeed, the city of choice!” As part of this project, Hahn, Texas will inventory and analyze the city’s current marketing materials. The firm will also conduct interviews with community and business stakeholders concerning their opinions of the city’s strengths and unique assets. Jeff Hahn, Principal and Owner of Hahn, Texas, said there are two goals with this campaign. “Our role is to create a brand proposition for the city, a new look and refreshing feel,” he says. “We want there to be a new way to talk about Garland, Texas. The second part is

to create a marketing and communications campaign plan that the city can use to reach out to its stake holders.” Hahn said that Garland is one of the largest manufacturing cities in the state - with over 375 manufacturers. “I think that one of the most unique aspects of the City is that it is a place where things are made,” he said. “When we think about small and medium size manufacturing, we often worry that jobs are being outsourced. But in Garland, that is not true. Garland is home to many small and medium size companies that create excellent products for the country. Part of that equates to job creation and economic development.” “ It is a great story to tell,” he says. “We found in our work that one of the most interesting challenges in terms of research was that Garland has a number of stories, not one single story and the challenge that was uncovered was how do we elevate one of these attributes,” he said. He also said Garland has excellent infrastructure including the city’s power and light services. Some of the greatest assets of the city include its family friendly feel, its diversity and appreciation for diversity, manufacturing, the Firewheel Mall and Golf Course, the new convention space, the Granville Performing Arts Center, its parks and recreation space along with Lake Ray Hubbard, and the revitalized downtown historic district

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and a well trained workforce says officials working on the project. “The key is how we differentiate Garland from other cities in the metroplex

with similar strengths,” Hahn said. “Our goal is to make the city stand out.”


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His Plan: Better Than Mine By Patricia R. McCurdy

As always, with the start of a new year, many of us view this time as an opportunity for a fresh beginning, a time to make desired changes in our lives. Therefore, some of us give lip service and make the familiar New Year’s Resolutions with few of our dreams actually coming to fruition. While some Christians do thank God for all blessings received throughout the previous year, many forget to put God ahead of all their plans for the coming year. If we expect success in the New Year then we must put God ahead of all our plans. Years ago as a younger adult and a fragile Christian, I tended to make the typical plans at the start of each New Year only to resolve in the same unsuccessful results. Of course it was due to my own ignorance and lack of knowledge concerning God’s word. I didn’t realize or understand that my plans should be based upon God’s plans and his purpose for my life. Though a late bloomer, I came to realize that it’s all about God and not about me. Although still under construction and still growing spiritually, I also came to realize that God’s Plan is so much better than mine! God’s Divine Plan provides that we follow his plan when making all of our plans. His purpose is that we glorify him in all we do. In fact, when we seek to glorify God first he blesses our plans. Scripture says in Proverbs 12:5, “The plans of the Godly are just”. God’s plan for us begins with our obedience to him (Deut. 8:1). This obedience to him should be in every area of our life including our heart, will, mind, body, our finances and our future. Our heart’s obedience should be that we love him more than anyone or anything. Our will should be that we are totally committed to his will and his plan above our own. Our mind should be that we seek to know him and his word, while applying and allowing his principles and values to be the foundation of our lives. Our bodies are temples and do not belong to us and should be used according to God’s purposes. This includes our strengths, gifts, talents and sexuality. Our resources all come from God this includes our finances. Thus we are to manage our finances as good stewards. As for our future, we are to be faithful to God, making service to him and man the main purpose of our life’s work.

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Most of us hate to see the year end, but there is one good thing that comes. It’s a new year! This means a fresh start and a time of self -renewal. Of course, that typically means making resolutions which involve the usual suspects of better health, more wealth and an overall better you. Throughout the year, many of us are busy working, being students, trying to take care of a family or all of the above. Whatever your

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goals maybe for 2011, why not let this year’s focus be taking better care of you! This means nourishing your mind, body and soul. The most important thing is your physical health. Begin by scheduling appointments for annual physicals, vision, dental and other annual check -ups. Also, try to eat healthier, drink eight glasses of water, get enough sleep, and incorporate more physical activity. These simple things will help you look and feel better. Take more time out for yourself to do what you enjoy. Spend the day shopping to buy yourself a new outfit or a sassy pair of heels and a new handbag. Plan a day at the spa for the ultimate pampering or getting a manicure- pedicure. Have a girl’s night, serve wine and cheese, do facials or

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volunteering. Also, consider taking up a hobby or revive an old one that you once enjoyed such as playing an instrument, sewing or reading. This is easily overlooked but can be very therapeutic. Finally, learn to treat yourself well. Take long bubble baths, use the special lingerie and wear those special outfits and stop saving them for “the right occasion.” You can wear them when visiting a friend or going to dinner. Use your good linens, dishes, stem ware and aromatic candles for yourself and not just for your guest or entertaining. Remember life is short and should not be taken for granted. So enjoy your life and your nice things yourself or someone else will. Let this year be more than a Happy New Year but also a Happy New You!


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Finally, if we want our plans to be successful in the New Year, we must adhere to God’s plan first in our lives and understand that his plan is better than our own.

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just get together to chit chat. When budget permits, have a weekend getaway with your friends, spouse or family for a few days of relaxation. Also, get snazzy and jazzed up for a special dinner with friends or your significant other. A happy new you could also mean planning to go back to school and fulfilling your dream. It may be attaining your degree or a different degree, making a career change or just getting a new job. Whatever it may be, pursue what it is that really makes you happy. Don’t forget the simple things like relaxing your mind. For some people this may be through prayer, meditation or having some type of spiritual time. This is extremely important because it relaxes the mind and body which helps to reduce your stress. Join an organization that interest you or help others for a good cause by

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Q: I would like to take advantage of lower Alaska cruise prices in May, but I’m concerned about the weather — how cold would it be?

A: Great ques on, but the answer depends on which type of cruise you take — a “one-way,” sailing North-bound or South-bound between Vancouver and Anchorage; or an Inside Passage, sailing round-trip from Sea le or Vancouver. The average high temperature in Anchorage in May is 55 degrees, but your first/last day on the water will be pre y cold. The temperature will warm up, naturally, if you are sailing South. The biggest problem with a one-way cruise is in May is that if you want to add on a land tour, many roads are s ll closed (including those to Denali Na onal Park). You can avoid some of the early chill by taking an Inside Passage cruise, but average high temperatures in the ports-of-call such as Juneau and Ketchikan are s ll in the 50s and 60s. You’ll also have a chilly

day when your ship is visi ng glaciers, and most likely a drizzly day somewhere along the way. Some GOOD things about the early cruises: 1. You get to enjoy the tremendous spectacle of snow-covered mountains! One of my favorite things to do is rent a car in Skagway and drive the road to Carcross in Canada — the scenery is breathtaking and even in May seems quite “wintery.” 2. The floral display at Butchart Gardens in Victoria is stunning beyond words. If you decide to go for it, pack with “layers” in mind: lightweight sweaters and jackets that you can add on or take off as the temperature changes. With some thin gloves and a cap you’ll even enjoy the glacier viewing and city walking.

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1. (b) Civil disobedience. 2. (a) The Montgomery Bus Boycott. 3. (a) The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which King founded along with Charles K. Steele and Fred L. Shuttlesworth, was a major force in organizing the civil rights movement. 4. (c) theology. Martin Luther King graduated from Morehouse College (B.A., 1948), Crozer Theological Seminary (B.D., 1951), and Boston University (Ph.D., 1955). 5. (c) Letter From Birmingham City Jail. Martin Luther King wrote his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which argued that individuals have the moral duty to disobey unjust laws.

6. (b) The Nobel Peace Prize. At age 35, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 7. (c) This is part of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The first quotation (“I am America...”) is by boxer and activist Muhammad Ali and the second is by Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver. 8. (a) During the March on Washington. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., and was attended by 250,000 people. King’s speech remains one of the most famous in American history.

9: Popular Answer (a) James Earl Ray. Allegedly, Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis by James Earl Ray, a career criminal and virulent racist. 10. (c) Atlanta- Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and the King Center are located there. You can also visit the house in which he was born and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as pastor.

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NAACP Prepares for 2011 MLK Parade

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and Austin Streets in downtown Garland. Immediately following the Parade and March, the celebration continues with an MLK Commemorative Program in the Granville Arts Center. On Sunday, January 16, the MLK Youth Extravaganza will be held in the Granville Arts Center, Brownlee Auditorium. At 4 p.m., youth groups from area churches will showcase their spiritual talents in praise dance, step routines and military style drills. Admission is free. Parade marshals are Mrs. Lillie Scruggs Hopkins, Garland NAACP Membership Chairperson, and Dr. Joyce Kyle Miller, Garland NAACP Youth Advisor. Gwen Daniels, MLK Activities Chair and Event Staff, said the committee has been working hard to ensure the March and Parade run smoothly. “We met a couple of times to make sure that everything pulls out without a glitch,” Daniels said. “The parade is a 1.9 mile route and

a lot of planning has gone into it. We go up a state highway and will march the opposite of the traffic flow.” Daniels says one of the concerns is the weather but that still shouldn’t affect the parade. “We start the march early because Texas is known to have bad weather in January,” Daniels said. “Nevertheless, we never have cancelled the parade in the past due to

weather issues. A couple of years ago, it was starting to sleet in North Texas and every other city such as Arlington, Plano, and Dallas cancelled their event. Garland was the only city in that time to continue with the parade despite the bad weather. It is a pledge we have made to never cancel this event despite the circumstances.” Daniels also said that the MLK Parade event would not

be possible without the help of the City of Garland. “The City of Garland has been a major sponsor for this special day,” Daniels said. “They provide all of the funding for traffic patrol and also provided us with the Granville Arts Center. It is a community based event and would not be possible without the help and support of the City.”


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City of Garland to Host Super Bowl Festivities Diane Xavier EDITOR

Garland is the city known for its diverse culture, hometown feel, and thriving economy. Mayor Ronald E. Jones and his wife Peggy Jones are making sure the nation gets to know this special city by hosting Super Bowl festivities. The National Football Players Fathers Association (NFPFA) will host the NFPFA Ultimate Golf Challenge tournament on Friday, February 4, 2011 at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland. The association’s annual Living Legends Awards and Luncheon will be Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the Atrium at the Granville Arts The Jones got involved with the NFL during their son, Daryl Jones’ NFL career.

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Center in historic Downtown Garland. Mayor Jones is a member of this organization. Ticket packages range from $150 to $300. To purchase tickets, visit Secondly, Peggy Jones, who is a member of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA), will host the “NFL Mothers Gala” at The Atrium at the Patty Granville Arts Center on February 5 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Gala will include dinner, dancing, live entertainment, a silent and a live auction. Special entertainment will feature “Dancing with the NFL Players.” Tickets for the Gala are $100 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the local

Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are available through the Granville Arts Center Box Office at 972-205-2790. The Jones got involved with the NFL during their son, Daryl Jones’ NFL career with the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings. Mrs. Jones says she loves being involved with the Mothers Association because they are actively involved in educational and community service and are in centered on God. “The moms are real Christian women who always pray before and after meetings,” she said. “We make sure God is the center of our lives.” Jones said having Garland being involved in the Super Bowl is important for the

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community. “We wanted the city to be included in the Super Bowl,” she said. “There are only a few number of people that can actually afford Super Bowl tickets. This way, by hosting these events here, people can partake in the Super Bowl without paying an enormous price.” “We also wanted to host something on this side of town,” Jones said. Jones said giving back to the community is a big part of the organization. “We always focus on community service and helping the youth,” she said “We want to let people know that these events are going to be so much fun,” Jones said. “They are going to have so much fun that they don’t want to leave.”


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