Tulsa's Martin Luther King, Jr. parade honors his memory

Monday, January 17th 2005, 6:05 am
By: News On 6

Frigid temperatures across eastern Oklahoma couldn't keep thousands from honoring Dr Martin Luther King, Junior Monday.

Many who lined the Tulsa parade route say Dr. King's dream is still alive, more than 35 years after his death.

News on 6 reporter Omar Villafranca says hundreds of people, dressed in their warmest clothes, lined the streets of north Tulsa for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade. The bands played, cheerleaders danced and students carried dozens of pictures of the man who was the face of the Civil Rights movement.

75-year old Doris Hooks was watching the parade Monday, like she's done for the past 36 years. She hopes the kids in Monday's celebration enjoy the day off, but take time to learn about Dr. King. "I don't think they can learn very much from a parade, but we would like for them to learn that a man dedicated his life for the civil rights of all people, not just only for blacks."

All colors and all ages marched in Monday's parade, just the way Dr. King would have liked it.

And while progress has been made, Doris Hooks says Dr. King's work isn't complete. "I'm thinking the dream is still not fulfilled, he had a dream one day it would be fulfilled, but not yet. But we're hoping we're getting there."