LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "Dream, Believe and Achieve" was the theme of the Martin Luther King Day commemoration in Lufkin. Hundreds of people from all backgrounds marched from the Federal Building to Dunbar Primary in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.
"When you think of the people who truly had to march in order to make a difference, and reflect on that, it makes you grateful for the opportunities we have today," said Latonya Goffney, Lufkin ISD Superintendent.
From the nation's capitol in 1963, to Martin Luther King Street of Lufkin in 2016, people of all backgrounds gathered to continue the march and legacy started by the legendary civil rights movement leader.
"Look back and see that we are living his dream," Goffney said.
"The program is a great opportunity for anybody in the community to come together," said Barbara Thompson, Main Street Director.
They did. They marched from the Federal Building to Dunbar Primary to continue the commemoration with melodies, memories, and motivation.
"I can't think of any other place I would prefer to be on MLK day than right here,"Thompson said.
"Everything that he stood for and the fact that he had a dream, and we all have dreams. Not only individually for us, but for our students. To see them manifest is powerful," Goffney said.
The program inducted pillars of the community into the Dunbar Hall of fame.
"To be honored as a student from Dunbar in this community is truly an honor," said Louise Menefee LaVane, a health care trailblazer and Hall of Honor Inductee.
It gave students the chance to sing of King's dream.
"It's a strong foundation for us to pass on to our children,"
It reminded everyone of King's conviction that we would one day "stand up for freedom together."
"He gave us a basis for moving forward...for not letting the word can't become a part of your vocabulary," LaVane said.
Those women inducted into the Dunbar Hall of Honor were former teacher, Mary Driver Harris, and former nurse, Louise Menefee Lavane.