MLK, Jr. Day Celebrations in Amarillo

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Hundreds gathered today in Amarillo to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

They marched down N. Hughes and ended at Martin Luther King, Jr. park, where they prayed and said thanks for his accomplishments.

That was then followed by a gathering featuring music and speeches from several community leaders.

Today's event centered on children, and how vital it is that they become involved and understand why today is so important. Parade Marshal Julian Reese says, "You have to know where you came from in order to go somewhere. We've all been through a lot of struggles, whether it was female rights, minority rights, all that stuff that went down in history. You have to know that stuff to grow. It's important for the young people to understand it's not just older people talking to be talking, but they're trying to teach them something."

More children were able to attend the event this year than in the past... That's because this is the first year Amarillo ISD added MLK Day as a holiday on the school calendar.