Martin Luther King Celebrations

Several generations of Amarillo residents arrived this morning to walk in a parade honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Paraders walked from Bones Hooks Park, up Hughes street to the Black Historical Cultural Center.

One mother we talked with said she was out to share the message she learned as a child with her children.

"My parents taught me what the dream was about, and I experienced some of those things. I want to make sure my children understand what the celebration is all about," said Lisa Harris.

Mayor Debra McCart, several political candidates, and many different city officials marched with the citizens in tribute.

The ultimate destination was the cultural center, where the people were treated to speakers helping spread the message of peace and equality that Dr. King strived for.

A local minister related king's message in the 60's to modern life today.

"It's a day to remember perhaps the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, as we move toward the freedom and equality that we have today," said Rev. Nat Cantley of the North Heights Church of Christ.

One man from Los Angeles, hopes to bring the spirit of a large city celebration all the way here to Amarillo. Clarence Beckett has been here for several years and was happy with this year's turnout.

"It's all about peace. It's about putting families back together, putting fathers in homes. Brothers loving brothers, sisters loving sisters, neighbors loving neighbors. It doesn't matter what race or creed you may be."

The local chapter of the NAACP put on the celebration.