MLK Day King Rally & Freedom March 1/20/14
CBS 7 News
January 20, 2014
Earlier today, hundreds of Odessans took to the streets to remember the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It was a scene reminiscent of the historical march on Washington. Hundreds marched through the streets, chanting and singing. But today was more about celebrating rather than protesting, in memory of Dr. King.
"He started and we still got to continue his dream and making this world a better place," says Permian High School Junior Christian Love.
Before the Freedom March, the Black Cultural Council of Odessa held a rally. Several youth groups sang and danced, but one student stepped outside his comfort zone to address the whole crowd.
Permian High School Junior, Christian Love, says when it comes to civil rights, there's still work to be done.
"There's still racism and people not being treated fairly on their gender or race," says Love.
Much like MLK, love also has a dream.
"For everybody to be free to be their own person, not being judged by others," says Love.
Many agree leaps and bounds have been made in civil rights since King's time, but if social equality is still unattained, how do we get there?
"Prayer, perseverance, motivation, teaching our kids about what the civil rights movement was all about, making sure it's installed in them to keep up the legacy of Dr. King," says Bethlehem Baptist Church Youth Department Director Dominique Williams.