Annual MLK parade in Tyler attracts hundreds


POSTED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 7:59pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 11:02pm

Once again this year, the Tyler Together Race Relations Forum will host the city's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., March, Rally, and Ecumenical Service. Events are scheduled for Monday, January 20, in downtown Tyler. Activities get underway on the downtown square at 9 a.m. At 9:30, participants will march down Broadway to the St. Gregory Cathedral gymnasium for the ecumenical service, which begins at 10:00.

Hundreds of people of all races and ages gathered to remember Dr. King, and his legacy Monday,  "There are many doors that have been open because of him,” One attendee tells KETK News.

Doctor Kings commitment to social justice is on the minds of many at the MLK Rally Monday morning. One East Texan racalls,"I remember when Dr. King was assassinated, and I know what it meant … what it meant for me as a person to have rights that I didn't have." And Legacy lives on in everyone, young and old. One East Texan says, he admires Dr. King’s drive, "He stood for something. He never failed, he never fell by the wayside, he always kept going."

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If you’re interested in participating in any cultural activities in Tyler read more here:

The Tyler Public Library and the Tyler Together Race Relations Forum join together to learn about diverse cultures -- ethnic, religious, and regional. Each gathering will include a mixer with light refreshments, a main event, and follow-up discussion. The event will be held the third Tuesday of each month in the library's Taylor Auditorium from 5:30 till 7 p.m. The first edition is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21. The topic for our first gathering will be Civil Rights. There will be a short film, "The Civil Rights Movement in America: Through the Lens of Photojournalist Flip Schulke." The event is free and open to the public, with no registration required. You can also find this at Tyler Public Library..

For more information on TTRRF, please contact
Herwane Lewis-Sirles

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MLK did not support Affirmative Action Laws.

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