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1/16/06-Tyler

Hundreds In Tyler Observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  Despite the rain this morning, close to 1,000 people turned out in downtown Tyler to remember Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration began on the square with a rally, continued with a march down South Broadway and ended with a church service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

  "We're here in the wind, we're here in the rain, we're her in the cold, we're gonna march bold, we're gonna line up with pace and grace in our step, we're gonna march together," Pleasant Hill Baptist Church senior pastor Reverend Jerome Milton told the crowd before the march.

  Holding pictures and signs, hundreds of people made their way down South Broadway, singing, and remembering a man who made the world a different place. Jasper Warren, 63, says he'll never forget how things were before Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. came along. "Everything was different. You had to go to a different bathroom, different water fountains. I've seen a lot of change in my time," said Warren.

  After the march, participants packed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The ceremony included prayer, speeches from community and religious leaders and a performance that brought the crowd to its feet.

  People were brought to tears when the crowd listened to Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, a speech, participants say, resonates just as strongly today, as they did then.

  Community leaders such as Tyler Mayor Joey Seeber, Smith County Commissioner David Stein and Representative Leo Berman were on hand for the ceremony. Organizers say the march has gotten bigger every year since it was first held 18 years ago.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

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