Black Heritage Society

Black Heritage Society The Black Heritage Society is a local non-profit 501 (c) 3 self help organization. It’s primary objective is to keep Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Dream Alive”.
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It’s Founder and Executive Director of 32 years is Mr. Ovide Duncantell Since 1976, The Black Heritage Society has organized and rallied the community in support of an annual parade in celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday on January 19th. This parade was the 1st of its kind in the United States, following the death of Dr. King. The Black Heritage Society began when Mr. Duncantell, with the help of “Daddy King” Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., were instrumental in mobilizing the community to fight for the renaming of Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard (formerly South Park Boulevard) in 1978 . These efforts also created momentum for the movement to make Dr. King’s Birthday a National Holiday.

It’s Founder and Executive Director of 32 years is Mr. Ovide Duncantell Since 1976, The Black Heritage Society has organized and rallied the community in support of an annual parade in celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday on January 19th. This parade was the 1st of its kind in the United States, following the death of Dr. King. The Black Heritage Society began when Mr. Duncantell, with the help of “Daddy King” Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., were instrumental in mobilizing the community to fight for the renaming of Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard (formerly South Park Boulevard) in 1978 . These efforts also created momentum for the movement to make Dr. King’s Birthday a National Holiday.

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10/21/2020
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We inspire to teach, honor and commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate a festive community activities throughout the weekend.

07/31/2020

I pray that in God's Will ...I could be that of just a fraction John Robert Lewis patience, perseverance and reverence!

Sylvester Brown, Executive Director

07/18/2020
Black Heritage Society

Black Heritage Society

This evening our community and friends mourn the death and passing of Civil Rights Icon John Robert Lewis. Words cannot express the depth of our loss and deepest of sympathy. We are incredibly thankful to our creator for having shared John Robert Lewis with us for 80 years and allowing us to witness the work, activism, teachings and social disciplines of the civil rights movement... As well, we are incredibly honored and thankful to have had Congressman John Lewis to recently serve as parade grand marshal during the 41st Original MLK Parade here in Houston. We love you John Robert Lewis, Rest In Peace.
-Sylvester Brown, Executive Director
Houston Black Heritage Society

07/18/2020

This evening our community and friends mourn the death and passing of Civil Rights Icon John Robert Lewis. Words cannot express the depth of our loss and deepest of sympathy. We are incredibly thankful to our creator for having shared John Robert Lewis with us for 80 years and allowing us to witness the work, activism, teachings and social disciplines of the civil rights movement... As well, we are incredibly honored and thankful to have had Congressman John Lewis to recently serve as parade grand marshal during the 41st Original MLK Parade here in Houston. We love you John Robert Lewis, Rest In Peace.
-Sylvester Brown, Executive Director
Houston Black Heritage Society

05/23/2020

The Black Heritage Society is very fortunate and thankful to have known and witnessed the work and wisdom of Keith. Just his presence alone sometimes of just being in the room provided a sense of fairness that were to be had in terms of finality. Again, our community will greatly MISS having Keith's presence in the ROOM. Rest In Peace.

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04/06/2020

Big ups to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's TV interview tonight on MSNBC ...Handling up on the "Coronavirus"

04/04/2020
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FYI: Due to the lastest pandemic outbreak have canceled this event until further notice!
03/18/2020

FYI: Due to the lastest pandemic outbreak have canceled this event until further notice!

Dear Faithful Followers,
In recognition of the lastest pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19 and for the safety of our community, The Black Heritage Society and The Martin Luther King Foundation have chosen to cancel our upcoming 52nd Annual Candlelight Vigil on April 4th, 2020 till further notice.

Dear Faithful Followers,In recognition of the lastest pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19 and for the safety of ou...
03/17/2020

Dear Faithful Followers,
In recognition of the lastest pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19 and for the safety of our community, The Black Heritage Society and The Martin Luther King Foundation have chosen to cancel our upcoming 52nd Annual Candlelight Vigil on April 4th, 2020 till further notice.

TheBlack Heritage Society, Inc. (BHS) presenting Evan Edward Worthing High School special Mayor's Drum award.
03/05/2020

TheBlack Heritage Society, Inc. (BHS) presenting Evan Edward Worthing High School special Mayor's Drum award.

TheBlack Heritage Society, Inc. (BHS) presenting Evan Edward Worthing High School special Mayor's Drum award.

TheBlack Heritage Society, Inc. (BHS) presenting Evan Edward Worthing High School special Mayor's Drum award.
03/02/2020

TheBlack Heritage Society, Inc. (BHS) presenting Evan Edward Worthing High School special Mayor's Drum award.

TheBlack Heritage Society, Inc. (BHS) presenting Evan Edward Worthing High School special Mayor's Drum award.

Congratulations to Worthing high school
02/25/2020

Congratulations to Worthing high school

Each week, I welcome visitors and organizations from all over the #Houston area to congratulate and thank them for their contributions to the community.

Worthing High School Marching Band was recognized for participating in the The Original MLK Day Parade, organized by the Black Heritage Society. A special congratulations to Alajah Chance, who won the 2020 Mayor’s Drum Major Award.

A proclamation was presented to Wade McRae Washington to recognize his work with Normal To Be Fit Charitable Foundation, which provides free fitness training services to people living with disabilities. In 2014, Wade, began his bodybuilding journey. Within a year, he won his first bodybuilding competition breaking through the barriers of Cerebral Palsy and Scoliosis. Tina Chandler and her husband Carl Ducena at Houston Gym helped Wade through the journey with training and motivation. Normal To Be Fit.

A proclamation was presented to the Piney Point Civic Club in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth. In the 1800’s Piney Point was the first community purchased by emancipated slaves. They gifted the land to form Piney Point Elementary in 1897. Piney Point Civic Club, Inc. has diligently served the Piney Point community, which is one of the oldest African American communities in Houston. The members of the Piney Point Civic club have set a great example of strong leadership and heritage throughout the years with a passion to serve.

Congratulations to all who received recognition for making a positive impact in the Houston community! #HoustonStrong

Thank you, #Houston! #MLK#OriginalMLK#Blackheritagesociety
02/07/2020

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Checkout our 42nd annual "Original" MLK parade held Downtown, #Houston. This year Grand Marshal was Mr. George Foreman. ...
01/29/2020

Checkout our 42nd annual "Original" MLK parade held Downtown, #Houston. This year Grand Marshal was Mr. George Foreman. #GeorgeForeman
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Checkout our 42nd annual "Original" MLK parade held Downtown, #Houston. This year Grand Marshal was Mr. George Foreman. #GeorgeForeman
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The Original MLK Day Parade
01/21/2020

The Original MLK Day Parade

Thanks to everyone who joined us today. We’re so proud to celebrate the rich history of this parade, in partnership with the City of Houston. Thanks to all of our sponsors who made this event possible.

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Photos by Doogie Roux for
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01/21/2020

Here are videos at the 42nd annual Original MLK Parade!

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Here are highlights from today’s 42nd Original MLK Day Parade!
01/21/2020

Here are highlights from today’s 42nd Original MLK Day Parade!

01/14/2020

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MLK Downtown Houston Parade January 20, 2020!!
01/13/2020

MLK Downtown Houston Parade January 20, 2020!!

Please join me, the Black Heritage Society and Special Events, City of Houston to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy at the 42nd annual Original Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.

This year’s exciting grand marshal is none other than George Foreman, Olympic gold medalist and a two-time heavyweight boxing champion.

The parade begins at 10 a.m., Monday January 20 in front of City Hall.

We hope you will join a wonderful celebration of unity and diversity in the city of Houston.

New Year, New Route! Honoring the legacies of two great leaders! Thank you Massoud!
01/19/2019

New Year, New Route! Honoring the legacies of two great leaders! Thank you Massoud!

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5330 Griggs, Suite A119
Houston, TX
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General information

It’s primary objective is to keep Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Dream Alive”. It’s Founder and Executive Director of 32 years, Mr. Ovide Duncantell, has been a champion of Dr. King’s legacy of cultural diversity and inclusion for all people regardless of race, color, nationality, or creed.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 18:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 18:00 - 19:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(713) 236-1700

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