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Longview hosts MLK weekend parade

Brown Brown

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- Across east Texas many cities have started to celebrate MLK weekend, and Longview began its with a parade to honor the life of the civil rights leader. Classic cars, motorcycles, and cowboys always accent the Longview MLK parade. A parade that draws a very diverse crowd.

"This is the first tie we've been here and we really enjoyed it," says visitor Pam Lyons.

"Oh I loved the cars and all the people that showed up, good thing nice day to be out see a parade," says parade watcher Leonard Harrison.

The parade has now become for some a family tradition.

"It means freedom , equality and it means we've come a long way," says 11 year old Kendra Dolls , who watched the parade with her father.

75 year old Texan Elvis Brown lives in California, but came back today to see his first Longview MLK parade.

"Everything has changed not only the physical location but the mental attitude but through the grace of god we have this opportunity to have a parade. You can't change the minds and heart of man with law, it takes everybody, changes have come," Brown says.

Brown , a Vietnam veteran, says he began to see change with the smallest of gestures from a white fellow soldier in 1968.

"This young man fixed it up so that I coming home , a black man, was invited to come home and have dinner at the home of the Letourneau family," he says.

He talks emotionally about Kings dream.

"Because of the things he did, I'm tearing up. Because of the work he did , that's why we're having this today," says Brown.

50 years later, its a different America.

"I think doctor king would be pleased, emphasis on areas where he would be pleased." Brown says.

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