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Images from the MLK Parade

by Chris Landsberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm •  Published: January 17, 2011
during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

Dennis Lewis was in second grade when Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. He met Martin Luther King III once, and even traveled to Memphis to see where the civil rights leader and pastor was assassinated. Lewis started carrying an American flag in the MLK Parade in Oklahoma City in 1982. He’s near the front of the parade every year. “It’s a day of togetherness,” he says as he waits for the 2011 parade to start. “It should be like this everyday.” This year Dennis’ son walked next to him, carrying a portrait of King. “I wanted to show my son and the younger generation behind me, the significance of the day and the sacrifices that was made before us.”

To see more images from this year’s parade, click here.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: State Representative Anastasia Pittman carries a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in downtown on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Okla. .    Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: State Representative Anastasia Pittman carries a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in downtown on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Okla. . Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
The SGI-USA float passes by spectators during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. SGI-USA is a Lay Buddhist Organization. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
The SGI-USA float passes by spectators during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. SGI-USA is a Lay Buddhist Organization. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

-John Clanton


by Chris Landsberger
Assistant Photography Editor
Chris Landsberger is a native of Oklahoma and, as a photographer, has been able to travel coast to coast and everywhere in between to cover news for the last 13 years. He has been a part history that included coverage of Oklahoma City bomber...
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