Many People Still Remember the Dream

Celebrations are planned around the world in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many of you will be off on Monday, but that's not the only reason to celebrate. Every year, communities across the nation participate in dinners, parades and marches to pay tribute to the slain civil rights leader.  Community leaders say Americans are doing their part to make his dream of racial equality a reality.

"You can see the evidence of it," Andro Branch says.  "Our schools are integrated; are being afforded an opportunity to great education where they can be excellent in the things they want to achieve."

In 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day officially became a national holiday.  It's celebrated the third Monday in January each year.

In Lufkin, several events are planned in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The MLK Banquet is set for Sunday night at the HOPE Center of North Lufkin. It starts at 6 p.m.  Several Lufkin police honors will receive honors.

From noon until 1 p.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there'll be a March with the Parade of Stars.  The parade starts at the civic center on First Street in Lufkin and ends at the Dunbar Primary School cafeteria.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., there'll be a ceremony for the Dunbar Hall of Honor inductees.  Parade motorists should call 633-6866 for their line up nunbers.

In Nacogdoches Sunday, the Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring a special MLK service at the Little Zion Baptist Church in Nacogdoches.  The service begins at 6 p.m.

On Monday, the Deep East Texas Chapter of the NAACP will host several MLK marches.  The first is in San Augustine on the square at 10 a.m. The second march will be in Nacaogdoches at the courthouse at 12:30 p.m.  Finally, at 4 p.m., the group will march in Center from the downtown square.