Many Oklahomans and Texans honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy on Monday.
Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Breakfast/ Austin College
In Sherman, members of the community gathered Monday morning at Austin College at a community breakfast to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The keynote speaker was Norm Lyons, a vice president with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.
The event was co-sponsored by the local NAACP organization, but it started years ago as a rotary event.
“The event started four or five years ago to help the community celebrate the life of Dr. King, a man who had higher values in life," Austin College president Dr. Oscar Page said.
MLK Day Parade/ Ardmore
In Ardmore, the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade was held Monday morning.
The lineup started at Central Park and went down Ardmore’s Main Street.
Many activities are scheduled for later on Monday at the H-F-V Wilson Community Center.
Patrons say the cold weather will not deter them from honoring the civil rights leader.
"Even though it's cold, we're still going to celebrate. Ain't nothing gonna stop that," parade participant Carlos Wells said.
Candleight vigil in Denison
The Grayson County NACCP hosted a candlelight vigil this Martin Luther King Day.
Those attending say they are lighting candles in his memory and singing songs like "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "We Shall Overcome," the anthem of the civil rights movement.
This is a yearly event, but it is the first time it is being held at the Bethel Community Baptist Church in Denison, and Pastor Michael Braxton says we have to remember where we came from because history can repeat itself if we're not reminded how far we've come.
Reverend Braxton is over religious affairs at the NAACP, and they want to stress that this is advancement for all people of color- not just black-Americans because that's what Dr. King is all about.