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Children Learn A Lesson On Civil Rights Movement

Some East Texas children learned what it felt like to live during the Civil Rights Movement this morning. Local preachers got together to teach children a lesson by taking away something important to them.

"Most of the young people when they think about the Civil Rights Movement they think about it in a historical way," said Reverend Jerome Milton. "We want them to embrace it in a practical way." That's why today, he took away Hip Hop.

"There's a new law that's just come out," said Reverend Milton. "There will be no more Hip Hop. Anything that has anything to do with Hip Hop, you're going to hop to jail." To these children, Hip Hop is a way of life.

"Everybody else has rock and roll era, the motown era, the disco era," said Reverend Milton. "They had their era and it's unfair to take the Hip Hop era away from them, but that's the way it is. That's going to make the Civil Rights Movement that they see as historical and they will now feel it as practical." To get Hip Hop back the children marched down Highway 155 today.

"I want them to walk away with the feeling of how blessed they are and a sense of appreciation and gratefulness for our generations in the past," said Reverend Milton. The children got that message.

"If it wasn't for Martin Luther King we wouldn't be doing this kind of stuff," said Cherish Brown. "Thank you for all that you've done for us."

On Monday, Tyler will hold a unity rally and march for Martin Luther King, Jr. The rally will take place on the square at 9:00 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., everyone will march to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Then, a service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the cathedral. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Molly Reuter reporting, mreuter@kltv.com

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