Ricky Harris doesn’t get the holiday off work, but that hasn’t stopped him from attending the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Oklahoma City the past 30 years. He takes a vacation day.
"I come out to support the whole theme of the parade and what Dr. King stood for,” Harris said. "He believed in the equality of everything. … That’s what I stand for.” Harris joined thousands of spectators who lined the streets Monday afternoon as politicians, high school step teams, insurance companies and church groups walked in the 21/2-mile parade. Harris said attending a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Atlanta more than 30 years ago taught him how parades bring people together in a positive atmosphere. Harris hasn’t missed a parade since Oklahoma City began holding one in 1981. Norris White, 18, and his friends watched as trucks decorated with balloons and handmade signs stating "Come together,” "Keep the dream alive” and "Happy Birthday Dr. King” slowly made their way through the route. "This day is a big day for black people and people in general,” said White, a senior at Douglass High School. "We wanted to celebrate what he’s done for everyone, not just black people.” Amanda Isaac and her husband spent the morning teaching their 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter about King before attending the parade together. "We teach them he fought for our civil rights and for everyone to be treated equally,” Isaac said. Martin Luther King page