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MLK Day Parade in Duncan

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DUNCAN Okla_ Monday in Duncan, dozens of residents took to the streets, marching in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Members of the Antioch Baptist Church and Duncan Community Development organized the march, in hopes of commemorating Dr. King's famous march on Washington in 1963.

Both organizations say future generations are exactly who they hope to target. While they know they weren't around when King made history, they say it's important to know how he did it, and to remember the fight for equality isn't over.

Over 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. led hundreds of thousands during a march on Washington, Duncan residents took to their streets in similar fashion. For 30 minutes, traffic stopped, signs were waved and Dr. King's voice rang out as the crowd marched for several blocks.

"There is strength in numbers, and our voice is heard," Pastor Ronald Byrd said.

Byrd said that voice is a part of history, but also a voice he hopes younger generations will echo for years to come.

"It helps us understand where we came from and to let them know that we are a proud people," Byrd said. "Small beginnings, we don't frown upon them. We had struggles, but now life is much better because of those who did struggle, those who did suffer."

Organizers hope the walk is just the beginning of many marches to come, all in the name of the man who had a dream.

"It's important that we all know what he did and how he helped everybody, not just us, but everybody," Byrd said. "This is always going to be here. This is a stone here. It's going to be here. I wish there was more of them and us doing this march together."

Once the march was over, the church held other services that honored Dr. King that have been a part of celebrations in Duncan for 26 years. Hamburgers and hot dogs were also handed out to children as they learned more about the continuing struggle for love and peace.

 

 

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