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Tyler celebrates MLK day

By Jamey Boyum - email
Posted by Elizabeth Thomas – email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - All over the country people celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, and East Texans were no exception. 

Many gathered at the Tyler Square for the Tyler Ministerial Alliance's annual Martin Luther King Junior Interfaith Rally. King would be 82 this month. Over a hundred were there honoring the memory of a great man.

Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated 43 years ago in Memphis, but the speech he made from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 will live forever. Pastor Nicholas Mcgrew memorializes King's words on the Tyler square.

He said,"I have a dream today. I have a dream that every valley shall be exalted. Every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places made plain, and the crooked places made straight. And, the glory of the lord shall be revealed to all flesh. And this will be the day when all of God's children will sing with new meaning.

"My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father's died, land of pilgrim's pride, and from every mountain side, let freedom ring. And, oh, when we let freedom ring, we will let it ring from every village to every hamlet, from every state to every city. We will be able to speed up that day when all of God's Children, black men and white men and Jews and Gentiles and Protestants and Catholics will be able to sing the words of that old Negro spiritual: Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we are free at last."

Martin Luther King Junior may be gone, but it's pretty obvious that to East Texans, his dream will never die.

King's "I have a Dream" speech was originally called "Normalcy, Never Again". There are several different versions of the famous speech, but it's most remembered from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

In 1964 King was awarded the Nobel Peace prize. He's still the youngest person to win the Nobel. He was only thirty-five years old.

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