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OKLAHOMA CITY - Our nation is honoring a pivotal figure in American Civil Rights History Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oklahoma is ranked in the top three states with the largest MLK Jr. Day celebrations in the country with speeches, silent marches and parades.

"Anything that you can dream, you can accomplish it because we are here," State Representative Anastasia Pittman said.

Dozens of people met at the Freedom Center in northeast Oklahoma City to promote the legacy of Oklahoma civil rights pioneer Dr. Clara Luper and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quinton Porter say, "As we include all, we can build all, we can better all."

Porter said he is the voice for many youth in our state.

Porter said Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement created a pivotal time in our nation that will never be forgotten.

"Not only are we keeping the dream alive but as the theme is for the year, we're expanding the dream," Porter said.

The Silent March has been a tradition in Oklahoma City for nearly 30 years.

Rep. Pittman said our state has progressed on so many levels, but there are still issues to address, like focusing on our schools and the Voting Rights Act.

"The thought of young people not having the right to vote, because of voter ID laws and voter suppression, we must continue this march," she said.

The unity walk started at the Freedom Center and ended at the Oklahoma History Center with a bell ringing and a special message from Governor Mary Fallin.