Lufkin residents honor King' dream, induct 2 to Dunbar Hall - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Lufkin residents honor King' dream, induct 2 to Dunbar Hall of Honor

Posted: Updated:
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Lufkin residents gathered at Dunbar Primary Monday to honor King as well as two special Lufkin residents that were involved in the movement for racial equality.

It was a day set aside to remember King's dream, which he so eloquently talked about in his famous "I have a dream" speech during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. It was also a day set asides to honor the dreams of all those who fought for civil rights and equality.

Rev. Olu Brown, the pastor of Impact UMC in Atlanta, GA and a graduate of the Lufkin High School Class of 95, said the civil rights movement "was bigger than Dr. King. It was really a community of people not only in Atlanta but across the world for justice."

Atlanta will forever be linked to the King family.

"Last week, I met Dr. King's sister for the first time, and that is one of the blessings of being in Atlanta, of being a part and being able to touch the King family because the king family still keeps the dream alive," Brown said.

"As dreamers it is important for us to make sure that we continue on with the dream of Dr. King," said Lufkin City Councilman Victor Travis.

The day was capped off by honoring two men whose success embodies the message that King championed.

Retired educator and football standout Ralph Allen and three-time state championship coach Oscar Kennedy were inducted into the Dunbar Hall of Honor for work accomplished at Lufkin's only black high school.

It's something that means a lot for the people who followed in their footsteps.

"To know that because of the work that they did in Lufkin ISD, I now get to serve in the capacity that I do," said Dr. LaTonya Goffney, the Lufkin ISD superintendent.

African-American community leaders in Lufkin celebrated King's legacy but stressed there is still work to be done.

"The legacy that Dr. King left for us is a legacy and history that has to be re-won every year," said Keith Kennedy, Oscar Kennedy's son.

At the end of the event, there was also a special presentation to the family of community leader Linda Pendland. Pendland died last April and was a big part of the MLK Day festivities.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.

 

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
  • Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:10:51 GMT
    The start of the Cockrell's family home The start of the Cockrell's family home
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:49:08 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.