North Texas Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Events, Parades

The Dallas parade along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will step off Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. Fire Chief Dominique Artis (above) was last year’s grand marshall; this year, Mayor Eric Johnson will do the honors.(Vernon Bryant / Staff Photographer)

On Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy was honored across North Texas with parades in Grand Prairie, Fort Worth and Dallas.

In Dallas, the 38th annual MLK Day March and Parade started at 10 a.m. with floats, marching bands and dance troops. The route ran from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Holmes Street down to Fair Park.

In Grand Prairie, the parade kicked off at 10 a.m., starting at City Hall on Main Street.

In Fort Worth, the parade started at 11 a.m. at Ninth and Commerce streets with marching bands and floats.

“Just people coming together, you know, having a good time,” Donald Bailey said as he watched the parade in downtown Fort Worth. “It shows that we all are not really the same, but we’re all people, and that we need to just love each other for who we are.”

“He was talking about it this morning in school,” Melissa Marrufo said as she pointed to her young son. “That we might look different on the outside, but we’re the exact same on the inside.”

But leading up to Monday’s parades, some young minds came together in Dallas to spread Dr. King’s message.

Young people from across Dallas used their words to honor his legacy as part of the 28th annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition.

In a defining moment of his career, Dr. King gave the “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Dr. King called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend,” said c, a 4th grade student at Charles Rice Learning Center. “He wanted equality and love for everyone.”

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SOURCE: NBC DFW,