I have an update on an interesting turn of events ...
The letter to the MLK, Jr. Parade Foundation was returned to me today as having a bad address!!
Also, I heard on Free Speech radio earlier this week that when the Black Heritage Society submitted their application for a permit for next year's parade, they were TURNED DOWN due to not having proper insurance coverage for the event. Apparently, there is a law on the books that says they have to, but it has always been overlooked or in come way exempted in past years. They were screaming everything from racial discrimination to threatening "taking action" in their news conference. I will try to listen to find out how it turns out!
Also, I went Googling in an effort to find a proper address for the Parade Foundation. Couldn't come up with anything, but found a Gay and Lesbian message site where the question was being asked which group would most likely be more amenable to having the G&L group participate with them. The answer was that the Heritage Society was supposed to be the "community organization" while the Parade Foundation was of the "corporate" type. Neither org has responded to the posters request for information. I don't know what that means, but I sent an email to the poster to see if he could give me whatever info he has about this Parade Foundation group!!
And lastly, from some other email "feelers" I sent out, I learned that this whole dispute and double parades started in 1998 when the Black Heritage Society, who had been hosting the parade for the previous 21 years went to the courthouse to obtain a permit for that year's parade and was declined because another group, the MLK, Jr. Parade Foundation has already applied and received a permit for that date. At the time, only one parade permit per day was allowed!
The two have been scrapin' ever since!