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Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade attracts large crowd in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade worked its way from Broadway and NW 7 to Bricktown on Monday.

BY BRYAN PAINTER Published: January 17, 2012

/articleid/3641008/1/pictures/1612790">Photo - Micheal Mills, 7, and Ayanna Morales, 7, march Monday in the streets during Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade through downtown Oklahoma City.  Photos by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Micheal Mills, 7, and Ayanna Morales, 7, march Monday in the streets during Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade through downtown Oklahoma City. Photos by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
We’ve made progress, but we’re not there yet. And so to me, every year we can focus on what it is we need to do to continue to make his dream a reality.”

Henderson retired in 2006 after 36 years as an educator and administrator. And so, like Cooper and Hamilton, she doesn’t want what has been gained to be lost.

“We’ve still got to teach our young people about their history,” she said. “I’m going to say many are assuming that they have always had opportunities.

“We need to continue to remind them that the struggle is continuing and remind them of how far it has come.”

Offering tributes

Although partly cloudy and windy, Monday brought temperatures close to 20 degrees above the norm for Jan. 16 in Oklahoma City. Amid those conditions there was laughing, singing, clapping and dancing in the streets from 2 p.m. until after 4:30 p.m.

There were those on floats as well as those walking with organizations and other groups tossing candy to children.

There were red and green streamers tied to car handles and antennas.

There were balloons — green and yellow, pink and purple and red, white and blue to name a few.

There were motorcycles and bicycles. There were horses and cars with a lot of horse power.

There were so many ways so many people offered their tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.

And that goes back to why Hamilton made sure her children were along Monday’s parade route.

“He fought for our rights as far as us being able to be in the same area, to just be in the same room,” she said of King. “He’s done a lot for our race, and I just want my kids to know that.”


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