For 22 years, Tyler residents have gathered downtown to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. But for many this year holds a whole new meaning.
Monday morning's MLK rally and march was sponsored by the Tyler Ministerial Alliance. Dozens of Tyler residents gathered on the square to remember the man who had a dream. As they marched residents say they feel a sense of pride knowing that dream has come true.
"Thank God that I lived to see this day, well tomorrow. I will be so blessed because I never thought I would live to see this day," said Lola Williams who participated in the march.
"This has just been an incredible year of seeing a dream fulfilled," said David Handley, a Tyler resident. "There's a lot more work to be done I think in race relations and progress in our country, but with President-elect Barack Obama about to be elected, it's a time of celebrations."
After the march, a service took place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.