Students from segregated Dunbar High reflect on MLK Day

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - They march for a purpose: to remember a man with a dream.

And although these children have grown up in a integrated school system, there are some that, as students, only knew segregation.

"It's amazing," said Clenon Lee Williams Jr. "It should've been like this years ago, but we had to go through our trials and tribulations, but we finally got to a pinnacle where everybody can get along which I am overwhelmed."

Williams was the co-captain and running back of the 1964 state championship football team at an all-black Dunbar High School.

"I never thought we'd ever be recognized, but we knew what we did," Williams said.

Participants marched from the federal building, across from the civic center in Lufkin to Dunbar Primary School.

Among those in the crowd were two people from Seattle, who say they represent the Indian community.

"I think that rather than giving importance to politicians or big people, it's good to recognize people who have served the community, served the nation," said Kirit Patel. "Martin Luther King is one of them."

"In Martin Luther King's dream, he said he had a dream that all people, so it's not just a black thing, it's everybody," said Randy Horn. "It's all walks of life."

This march is evidence that dream is becoming a reality.

"Today is a day we can give thanks for a man like Martin Luther King because he did set forth an idea in people's mind about how it should be for everybody," Williams said.

And although today hundreds came together, some say, there's still disparities to overcome. Not just between races, but in education and economic status.

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