MLK Day Parade aims at more than a legacy

first_imgJacob Smith Linkedin Fort Worth boxing club prepares for Golden Gloves Facebook + posts Jacob Smith Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Jacob Smith Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Fort Worth Fire nationally ranked as Class-1 departmentcenter_img TAGSFort WorthMLK dayParade Friends, family join together to remember TCU student killed in boating accident printSmiling faces lined the street this morning as people watched the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade stretch from the Fort Worth Convention Center to the Courthouse downtown.The participants, including local high school bands, sorority and fraternity alumni and various activist groups, began their march up Houston Street and back down Main Street.Pamela Harmon, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, proudly marched in the parade while waving her sorority banner overhead.“It was wonderful,” Harmon said. “There was a lot of participation.”The parade concluded with a gathering at Sundance Square in which several elected officials spoke briefly.State Representative Ramon Romero commented on the use of confederate flags Saturday morning in the Stock Show All Western Parade.“I saw injustice this weekend, as we walked along this same parade route, when people felt like it was alright to bring out the ‘stars and bars’ [Confederate flag],” Romero said. “Unfortunately, people in our own city have forgotten what that used to mean to so many.”Congressman Marc Veasey urged the audience to continue to be active citizens in the community with the tools available.“Let’s not forget what this day is about,” Veasey said. “Make sure we always go and vote; let’s keep the march for justice alive.”Many audience members joined in as Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks sang a portion of the Civil Rights Hymn, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round.”The speeches were followed by performances from local high school bands that encouraged spectators to dance and clap along, and applause filled Sundance Square after each performance.Doris Smith, another member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, said why she believes the parade tradition is so important.“We want our future generations to realize that a price was paid for all the freedoms we enjoy,” Smith said. “So we are here every year.” Jacob Smith ReddIt Twitter Fort Worth’s art scene gets a little bigger with the opening of the Art Room Previous articleTCU alumna’s villainess role on ‘Bachelor’ might not be realityNext articleHorned Frogs come up just short against Texas Tech Jacob Smith RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Jacob Smith Twitterlast_img read more