North Texas celebrates Martin Luther King Day with parades

Marchers participate in the Martin Luther King jr. parade in Fort Worth, Jan. 15. 

Marchers participate in the Martin Luther King jr. parade in Fort Worth, Jan. 15. 

 

Thousands of Texans saluted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with parades, music and speeches honoring the slain civil rights leader.

MLK Day Parades were held Monday in numerous Texas cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

An MLK march, rally and cultural festival was scheduled on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

The Children’s Museum of Houston’s 22nd annual MLK Day Celebration on Monday featured artwork, recitations and spiritual songs. A Gospel Night community choir program was planned in Lubbock.

Some communities honored King, who was assassinated 50 years ago, with  public service and church programs. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley urged volunteers to do projects for “a more beloved community.”

               --The Associated Press

Tiara Falls, with the Lancaster High School Tigerettes, performs during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Dallas on Jan 15. 

Tiara Falls, with the Lancaster High School Tigerettes, performs during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Dallas on Jan 15. 

Eternity Wright, 3, waves an American flag during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Dallas on Jan. 15. 

Eternity Wright, 3, waves an American flag during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Dallas on Jan. 15.