Public relations member Harold Hogan of Revitalizing Our Community (ROC) is expecting a large turnout for the celebration and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hogan serves on numerous boards of directors here in Brownwood.

The celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at the MLK Plaza at the intersection of Austin Avenue and Commerce Street. Brownwood native Val Rhodes will deliver a beautiful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hogan stated that he believes with faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our own nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

Hogan also stated that it's crucial now that we model King's behavior toward one another with love, honor, and respect. Hogan said he joined ROC because founder, Mayor Pro-Tem Draco Miller, approached him to serve and presented him with the question, 'can we afford not to serve?”

Miller serves as Brownwood's Mayor Pro-Tem and also serves on numerous boards here in Brownwood. Hogan encourages the city and county residents to come celebrate and hear Brownwood native Val Rhodes deliver a beautiful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rhodes is a 1972 graduate of Brownwood High School and for 43 years has worked with the youth in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. Coach Rhodes served as lead coach for the Dallas Mavericks Hoop Camp for Youth for over 20 years. He is the former head basketball Coach and Chemistry teacher at Seagoville and Sunset High Schools.

For 15 years, he served as head basketball coach and Chemistry teacher at H. Grady Spruce High school where many of his players went on to play Division I, in the NFL, the NBA and professionally overseas. While at H. Grady Spruce, he was a two-time teacher of the Year, five time Co-District Coach of the Year and President of the Dallas High School Coaches Association. His teams have won District, Bi-District, and Area championships. His teams reached the Sweet 16 (regional) three times and made the Elite Eight once. He left H. Grady Spruce in 1999 to become an Assistant principal at Seagoville High school but after three years, returned to H. Grady Spruce as an Assistant Principal for five more years.

Coach Rhodes has also been a high school Chemistry teacher at Skyline, Lancaster and Dallas Christian Academy. He is presently an Instructional Specialist for the Texans Can Corporation. Due to a demanding schedule, Coach Rhodes has limited his personal training, but still finds time to be a Clinician for several AAU teams and Guest Speaker for many schools and organizations.

He received his B.A. Degree in Biology from the University of North Texas in 1976 and his Masters in Science Education from Texas Woman's University in 1997 and later his Principal's Certification. He has been married for 35 years to Alana Rhodes and he has two children, Alyssa and Cameron.