LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- For residents in Paris, TX, an annual parade is not only a reminder, but a sign of hope that his siprit and teachings are kept alive.
Joann Ondrovik, with the NAACP, says, "If children and young people are knowledgeable about his work, they too can imitate it."
Dr. Martin Luther King was an inspiration to thousands across the United States. In Paris, adults and children alike are honoring his legacy. With temperatures only in the 20’s, hundreds lined the streets to honor MLK.
"We just want to pass on to another generation. The dream, keeping the dream alive, having hope in people and not just African Americans. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of the people, “ says Joan Mathis of the NACCP.
From timeless values passed on to future generations, many are still living and acting on his teachings. Janice Williams, a resident in Paris, says, “Everything that he stood for, for the most part, was the joining together of forces to do whatever the goal was, and this group represents that as well as the remembrance of Martin Luther King. It's important for kids to remember that together we can do great things."
Mathis says children are our future. She wants them to have hope and courage to be the best they can be. "To have the desire to be leaders in the community, in spite of what we hear- of all the chaos that's going on around us. I see leaders in these young people that we have been talking to today."