El Paso Black History Parade and Rally marks 20 year milestone
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Hundreds of people gathered in Central El Paso for the annual El Paso Black History Parade and Rally. The celebration is a 20 year tradition in the Sun City.
The theme this year was "Civil Rights in America," to mark the recent 50 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington in August, 1963.
Nathan Mack, president of the Buffalo Soldiers of El Paso, helped organize this year's event.
"We're just out here to keep that civil rights speech moving and keep people thinking everyone has equal rights and everyone should be represented," he said.
Mack said part of the goal of the annual event is to spread a message of diversity and tolerance.
"We have culture that we would like to share with them, as well as others sharing their culture with us so that we can have a better understanding of each other,' he said.
Simone Hall, with the Oro Court Daughters of Isis in El Paso, said the parade and rally is not just about Black history, but American history in general.
"I think it's the way that we recognize not just our history and our heritage but our future as well," she said.
The overall idea is not only to bring people together during Black History Month, but also to remember that unity all year long.
"The Civil Rights movement, there were a lot of diversity in that fight and we need to get back to everybody pulling together for a better America," said Hall.
El Paso City Representative Carl Robinson was the parade's Grand Marshal.