Amarillo, TX (KFDA) - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said "faith is taking the first step, even when you can't see the whole staircase." While many local residents won't be climbing stairs, they will be marching in his honor Monday morning.
As the nation prepares to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the annual MLK walk in Amarillo will have a different ending this year.
"This year we've chosen for the first time in the history of Amarillo to go downtown to the Potter County Courthouse and there on the steps of the courthouse we will engage the public," said Reverend Anthony Harris at St. John Baptist Church. "We felt it was important as members of the NAACP to go downtown to keep the legacy and spirit of Dr. King and those who marched with Dr. King."
Reverend Harris, who is the Amarillo Branch NAACP Chairmen for the event, is hoping for a big turn out -- one that involves all races.
"Our hopes and prayers are that all of Amarillo will come out, not just the African American community," said Harris. "The Civil Rights March was not about people of color only, but it was about all."
In a time of police shootings and church murders, Reverend Harris says remembering the message of Dr. King is more important now than ever. While he believes we've come a long way, he says we still have a long way to go.
"We can always do better of coming together and understanding the varies cultures and diversity that exist in this country," said Harris. While I don't think it has been fully realized, I still believe that the dream will come true and that one day we will see the dream that Dr. King had."
The annual walk honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Amarillo will start at 11 a.m. Monday, January 18th at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1501 W. Amarillo Blvd. The walk is expect to finish just before noon at the Potter County Courthouse lawn located at 500 S. Fillmore St.
Odessa businessman and minister Gene Collins will deliver a keynote address on the steps of the courthouse, joined by State Representative Four Price, Potter County Commissioner Alphoso Vaughn, Amarillo Councilman Elisha Demerson, along with Senior Pastor Harris from St. John Baptist Church.