Offering tributesAlthough 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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