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East Texans celebrate MLK Day

TYLER/LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Ceremonies took place across East Texas Monday to mark the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tylerites of all ages and races honored Dr. King by marching from the downtown square to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, just a few blocks away. The crowd listened to guest speakers and remembered the dream of Dr. King.

"The dream of Dr. King is still alive," said Reverend Jerome Milton, who organized Tyler's event. "We still have vision for our mission...there is plenty of good in our piney woods. We can still come together...black man white man, green and yellow and turquoise. We can still march together, still pray together [and] still love each other. It is just wonderful. It is fantastic. It is a great testament to the spirit of Tyler, Texas."

The celebration has taken place for 23 years.

In Longview, folks lined MLK Boulevard for the annual MLK march and rally. The march wrapped up at Mount Olive Baptist Church with a MLK celebration ceremony. Longview residents sang hymns and spoke about King's dream and how it still inspires them to this day.

"He inspires me to love a person no matter what color they are," said Andriana Bonner.

"He walked along beside Cesar Chavez who was obviously a big leader in the Latino community," said Jose Sanchez. "So, obviously, we got to continue that dream that they both had and hopefully we're doing that today."

"Our theme for this year is one community, one dream, and we want to work this year to make this become one community where we're all striving for the same thing," said Pastor Lamar Jones.

Nearly 150 marchers came out to Longview's event.

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