Oklahomans Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. During Several Events

Monday, January 21st 2013, 1:28 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoman's joined the nation to honor the life and legacy of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior.

The day began with the 16th annual Midwest City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Reed Conference Center near Rose State College Monday morning.

The traditional silent march, in the style of the early civil rights movement marches, began around 9 a.m. and ended at the Oklahoma History Center. A ceremony was then held at the history center at 11 a.m. The ceremony concluded with Governor Mary Fallin along with local children ringing of Oklahoma's replica of the Liberty Bell in front of the Oklahoma History Center.

Governor Fallin released the following statement regarding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached compassion, love and respect for all mankind. These are enduring principles and values that are just as important today as they have ever been.

"Please join me in taking a moment to honor Dr. King and all of those who helped to deliver equal civil rights to all our citizens, and who did so non-violently in the face of tremendous adversity. We are a better nation and a better people for their service and sacrifice."

Other events planned Monday include the annual MLK Jr. Holiday Coalition Program at the St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral on N.W. 7th street beginning at noon. The program will feature the "I Have a Dream" speech.

Finally, the annual MLK parade begins at 2 p.m. downtown. This year's theme for the parade is "Challenges Beyond The Dream."