Oklahoma City celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with series of events

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Residents across the state will be remembering one of the country’s most celebrated figures with several events.

On Monday, Oklahomans of all makeup marched silently down 23rd Street to collaborate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“He believed in speaking his mind, standing up for all races, standing up for all equality but he also did it with dignity and respect,” Governor Mary Fallin said.

A reverend that was once considered too young to preach at Calvary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City church is now making a lasting impact on future generations.

“It’s important that young people understand that the freedoms that they hold so dear today is because somebody dedicated their life to changing the wrongs and making them right,” Senator Anastasia Pittman said.

Now it’s a chance to honor the man who died for civil rights during a time of unrest around the nation.

“I just want to show the future generations that there’s still positivity out there. That we can overcome adversity and create more acceptance in our community,” Miss Black Oklahoma County Teen Courtney Duckett said.

It’s creating guidance in youth through Oklahoma’s persistence to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“People come from all across the world to look at the third largest parade in the nation, and that’s the parade we have for Dr. Martin Luther King right here in Oklahoma City,” Senator Pittman said.

“Colored Memories,” an exhibit about all black towns in our state just opened at The Oklahoma History Center and will run through June 30.

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