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Celebrating Martin Luther King
The country celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. five decades after he had a dream. In Oklahoma City, its a holiday the Martin Luther King Holiday Coalition says took a fight to get on the books.
"Even though it was not fashionable here, we wanted to try to make that happen. We started on the south steps of the Capitol, with 35 people," said Roosevelt Milton, the Coalition's vice chair.
That first celebration was in 1981. Today, the MLK Coalition organizes three days of events and thousands participate, but Milton calls from more change.
"We have made a lot of progress," Milton said. "Yet we persist and we're going to stand on the battle field until Martin Luther King's dream is realized in its totality."
Rabbi Vered Harris of Temple B'nai Israel, participated in a cross-cultural celebration Sunday, agreed with Milton.
"We've had a lot of conversation about how Dr. King might not even been able to imagine President Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States, so a portion of the dream has come true, yet there are still challenges in front us," she said.
"I'm so proud of Oklahoma City for doing [participating in event]. I would just like to see more of a crossing of the boundaries so to speak," said Annye Love, another participant of Sunday's cross-cultural celebration.
Love says the deadly bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama, a black church, during Civil Rights Movement had a lasting effect on her.
"I'm here in solidarity with all of my brothers and sisters whether they be black or Native American or Latino. Whatever that's why I'm here," she said.
The MLK Coalition's events continue on Monday. Here's a rundown of the events:
7:00 a.m. -- Annual martin Luther King Breakfast Program, Reed Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd., Midwest City
8:30 a.m. to Noon -- Job Fair, Henrietta Foster Building, 600 NE 4th St.
9:00 a.m. -- Opening Ceremony, Freedom Center 2500 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., followed by a silent march
10:45 a.m. - Bell Ringing Salute, Oklahoma History Center NE 23rd and Lincoln Blvd.
2:00 p.m. -- Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday Parade, from NW 7th and Robinson, east to south on Broadway to Bricktown
Posted: Sunday, January 20 2013, 09:43 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Teen in devastated Okla. town handing out hugs
May 25, 2013 02:26 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The people of the Oklahoma town where a deadly tornado struck could use just about everything -- cleaning supplies, food, water, shelter.
Thirteen-year-old Halle Carr thought residents of her hometown could also use a hug after the twister Monday that killed 24 people in Moore.
Halle has been standing on a corner with a white sign that reads: "Need a hug? I am here!" And people are taking her up on the offer.
On Friday, people in work trucks, cars and vans loaded with belongings rolled down their windows and reached out their arms to the girl. Some shouted words of encouragement.
Halle said it makes her feel good to spread a little cheer. She said she'll come out every day, as long as she thinks she's needed.
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