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.”
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