TYLER (KYTX) - It's been nearly 30 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Junior day was first recognized as a holiday. The annual MLK holiday celebrations in down town Tyler, brought out people of all ages, and races together for a march and later a special service remembering King's work.
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey went a the MLK day celebration in Tyler, and shares why so many years later, people in east Texas and all over the country continue to come together to recognize king's contribution to racial equality.
It's the hope of a dream fulfilled, that keeps Dr. Martin Luther king's dream alive. To the sound of the beating drums, music, and spoken word hundred's marched.
Pastor Nickolous McGrew was one of them.
"We only imagine what it was like when they were marching in Birmingham and their reluctance and their determination gives us a joy to march today," he said.
On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated while standing on a balcony. Years later, his wife spear headed the effort to create Dr. Martin Luther King junior day. Since January of 1986, celebrations have continued.
McGrew, said, the holiday is more than a day off work or school.
"To commemorate what Dr. King really meant to me and to my children and to continue on with the legacy."
As the group marched down Broadway to the St. Gregory Cathedral, Norman Thompson reflected on first hearing Dr. King speak.
"I was a little boy and it caught my ear."
He said although much change has been made, America has a long way to go.
"I still hear people saying things that are wrong, I still see hatred, no we need to continue and continue even stronger."
Inside the St. Gregory gymnasium, a collection of colors came together in song, remembrance and prayer, showing the fulfillment of King's dream. that all of god's children will be able to come together and join hands.