DUNCAN, OK (TNN) -The city of Duncan is coming together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Photojournalist Elizabeth Skahill went spoke with people about the history behind “The Dream” and how The Foreman Prairie House in Duncan works to educate the youth.
“So the history of Duncan, Duncan had an all black school which was Douglass School, where all the black kids attended,” said Shannon Hall-Sanders from the Duncan Community Development Incorporation.
“Today because of the dream...Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, we are able to go to school with all kinds of children,” said Sanders. “White, Black, Spanish, Asian, because of the dream of Dr. King, I am very happy to see strides being taken in Duncan.”
“The big parts of the story that I want to tell associated with this home is that of a woman that worked here for many years, and my understanding is that they had a very good relationship between her and the family who own the home,” said president of the Foreman Prairie House, Laura McGouran. “But still there is the servant’s entrance. There is the servants restroom. We show these to the children when they come and visit for education forums, and we talk about how things use to be and how happy we are and joyful that things are different now, but that we still have more work to do.”
“We still have ways to go, but I can see things changing slowly but surely. And that is something that I am very proud of,” said Sanders. “That his dream is still living on, and that we are taking the correct steps to make sure that we are doing our part here in this community to make things happen for our children and our grandchildren.”
The Duncan community and surrounding cities are invited to participate in a family day of events Monday, January 21st in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
There will be a Community Worship Service held at Antioch Baptist Church starting at 10am, a Historic Downtown Parade at 1pm, and a Hearthside Story Time at the Foreman Prairie House at 2:30pm.