Living the dream in Longview

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By Lakecia Shockley - bio - email

LONGVIEW (KLTV) - East Texans, as well as people across the country, commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There was everything from marches to rallies honoring the slain civil rights leader.

Some East Texans did more than celebrate Dr. King, the man, they also celebrated his dream.

It's the deep sounds of spiritual hymns that keeps these marchers going. Jimmy Walker is a true Martin Luther King Jr and Barack Obama fan.

"Hallelujah!! let's march! Ya! We got something to march about," exclaimed Walker.

Every year he steadfastly marches.

"We are one body. We are one God and we are one family and we got to push that and make that known the rest of our lives," said Walker.

For seventy-six year old Mary Portley, marching for King means the world.

"In the memory of Dr. King and what he stood for and how he helped everybody and he stood for justice," said Portley. "That's a history that will never, never die as long as I live in my memory."

To her and coutnless other marchers, President-elect Barack Obama is the answer to Dr. King's timeless, "I have a dream" speech.

"I never thought I would see that day but with God all things are possible and I can see a change from the years pass that it was possible." said Portley. "I just can't even tell you. [I don't] have the words to express how I feel."

Feelings that are met with great gratitude for a dream and a dreamer.

"This day is the day he was hoping for and this is the beginning of the day that he was looking forward to when he said he had a dream,"said Portley. "Tomorrow is a day in history that we will never forget.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 80 years old this month. It was almost fourty-six years ago that Dr. King gave his famous "I have a dream" speech in Washington.