The Black Heritage Society had been involved in a tug-of-war with the MLK Parade Foundation over the city permit to host the main downtown parade until City Council intervened by revising Houston’s parade ordinance to allow a single downtown parade per day. The director of the Black Heritage Society’s parade, Ovide Duncantell, subsequently filed suit. In Dec. 2007, a federal judge ruled that both parades could function on the same day.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee took the side of the Black Heritage Society by declaring in City Hall’s rotunda that that event was the “unity parade.”
(via Michael Berry, whose awesome show was especially great on Monday)