MLK Day, inaugural celebration convene at parades and events

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 8:15 PM

DALLAS -- A quirk of the calendar set the second-term inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, on the same day as the Martin Luther King national holiday.

At MLK parades and celebrations in North Texas, the double meaning of the day wasn't lost on the thousands who came out.

Under a cloudless sky, thousands lined MLK Boulevard in Dallas to honor the man with the infinite dream of equality in America.

Being there was important for Dee Brown, because of her daughter.

"I don't want her to ever forget the price that he paid for us to be able to socialize, and be able the things that we take for granted -- our homes, schools and all that," she said.

The Elite News MLK Parade was led by former University of Texas and Houston Oilers football great Earl Campbell.

"And I feel very honored to be grand marshal," Campbell said. "I seen the little kids, and it is unbelievable."

Tennell Atkins, one of four African Americans on the Dallas City Council, said demanding equality at the table of government at all levels has significance for him.

"What it means to me -- it's a blessing to be an American," Atkins said. "That means anybody can be president."

And at the curb, Leroy Hughes said Obama's reelection means some of King's dream is satisfied.

"Yeah, I do feel the dream is being fulfilled," he said. "There are things still coming, things that still need to be changed, [but] we've come a long ways and it's a lot to be proud of."

On this bright day, it was a celebration of a present and future made brighter by the commitment of the civil rights leader.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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