Remembering the past and celebrating the future

By Molly Reuter - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Tyler, TX (KLTV) - For more than twenty years, citizens in Tyler have observed Martin Luther King, Junior Day with a community rally and march, but this year's events hold a special meaning.

Many said they felt an extra sense of pride as they marched down the streets of Tyler.

It was forty-five years ago that Martin Luther King Jr. Gave his famous "I have a dream" speech, and nearly half that time, the City of Tyler has gathered to remember that moment in our nation's history.

"What America is doing, we've been doing for twenty-two years. Somebody say amen... Amen," said Dr. Jerome Milton who lead the MLK rally, march and service Monday morning.

It's not the first time he's marched in support of King, but this year he says is different.

"Twenty-two years we've been talking about the hope for a dream, twenty-two years we've been talking about the vision for the mission, but twenty-two years later this day we have the dream fulfilled," Milton said to the crowd.

It's a moment some say they thought they'd never see.

"Thank God that I lived to see this day, well tomorrow. I will be so blessed," said Lola Williams.

"This has just been an incredible year of seeing a dream fulfilled," said Tyler resident, David Handley. "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 celebration.

A celebration for what's to come, but not forgetting the man who helped make it happen.