Hundreds Gather In Local Freedom March For MLK Day

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Not only is it the presidential inauguration, but many people are honoring Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts in the civil rights movement of our country.

Bryan and College Station school districts had a holiday Monday in honor of King.

Hundreds of people honored the civil rights leader's legacy with the 17th annual Freedom March in Bryan.

News 3 was there and captured the day of remembrance and celebration.

Sights and sounds of a celebration as people of all backgrounds and races gathered to remember an American icon; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Maria Sanchez and her family had a front row seat celebration. Their house on MLK Street in Bryan was layered in red white and blue not only for MLK Day, but for President Obama's inauguration too.

"We decorated with a lot of colors because well Obama represents our freedom and like we're with the parade so we just decorate. We're like everybody's the same so. We're like. We just do this for freedom," said Maria Sanchez.

Michael Baisy of Bryan and his new friend 7-year-old Kendrick came to see the parade too. Baisy remembered where he was the day Dr. King was assassinated.

"Thursday, April 4, 1968 about 8:10 between 8:10, 8:20, it broke on the news. I can remember the reaction my mother had. She was in the kitchen cooking and dropped the skillet when she heard it on the television," recalled Baisy.

In the years since then he and others gathered here to celebrate and live the dream King envisioned.

"The least I can do to come out and March," he said.

Following the parade the crowd of 700 gathered at Kemp Elementary.

Agnes Gray of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority helped organize the event and says it's important to keep Dr. King's legacy alive.

"We must have a vision because if we don't have a vision we gonna perish. We want to keep the hope alive, keep the dream alive, and Martin Luther King in our hearts," said Gray.

Footsteps of freedom as B/CS residents unite for ideals of racial equality that continue to live on.

Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 84 years old on January 15th, had he not been assassinated in 1968.