Martin Luther King Parade in Fort Worth, Texas
My father-in-law, David Hall and his wife Phyllis had the Liberty Bell in the Fort Worth, Texas Martin Luther King parade. I rode in the front seat with my youngest daughter, 2 1/2 year old Jessie and her 3 1/2 year old cousin Phoebe. We all waved to the parade attendees for the entire length of the parade. What great fun we had! The girls waved the whole time. I was amazed because I know their little hands were cold! My father-in-law yelled out of the driver’s seat window, “Let Freedom Ring!!!!” for the entire parade route. I wish you could have seen the crowd response. Many yelled, “Let Freedom Ring!!!!” back, many just stood back and watched while their faces beamed with joy and most waved back with smiles on their faces. All the other children were either riding on the trailer that holds the bell or walking and ringing the bell for the ENTIRE parade route. What a wonderful experience for children. My cousin Benjamin and his friends MJ, Matt, and Courtney did all the bell ringing. I tell you, they were really really good at that because the parade moved awfully quickly from the cold. There was constant bell ringing, it was something else to hear. Very moving. My other two children Kathryn and Caleb rode on the bell along with their cousins Matt and Elisabeth and her friend Raven. David and Phyllis had bought candy for the kids to toss out but it was decided by those running the parade that because of the drizzle it would be unsafe. Maybe next time!
I will be posting pictures soon, I will have to get a picture cd from my mother-in-law!
Martin Luther King Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.
King was the chief spokesman of the nonviolent civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.
The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.