Sherman parade attendees remember legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Texomans are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy this weekend.

At first glance this looks like the usual parade.

But to Bishop Charles H. Brown Sr., its more than that. This is an event he's planned for the past several years.

"I've been here in Sherman almost 35 years and in the last 5 or 6 years, we've been putting this parade together."

It's something he says vowed to do when he was a little boy.

"I was a young boy when Martin Luther King was marching at the time and I said as soon as I get older I'm going to keep the dream alive."

A dream Brown says has given him freedom.

"He marched and he was beat, he was put in jail all because he wanted to give us a right to be free."

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89-years-old on Monday.

But the Baptist minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is considered the leader of the non-violent civil rights and justice movement, was assassinated at just 39-years-old.

So to see the community honor King, means a lot to both Brown and Joe Goodman, President of the Recreation Committee.

"To see the community come together and make this thing as good as its getting just makes me proud," Goodman said.

"We're keeping the dream alive. Martin Luther King walked in Selma and did his thing so it doesn't hurt us to walk today." Brown

Brown says this was the city's biggest MLK Jr. Day parade yet with 60 floats, cars and participants.

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