Hundreds gather in Killeen to march, reflect on MLK Day

Posted at 2:59 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 16:09:20-05

Born in 1940, Roosevelt Huggins shared that he remembers what life was like before the Civil Rights Movement.

Segregation was primarily where all the black students attended one school.

"Another, Caucasian, would attend another school," said Huggins.

12-year-old Niya Thompson added she has learned about segregation.

"Couldn't use the same restroom or water fountain and all that stuff," said Niya.

They agreed that without Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. they probably would not be where they are today.

"He did a lot for us," said Niya.

"Martin Luther means everything to our community, where we are meeting together as one, talking together as a family, supporting each other," said Huggins. 

In honor of MLK Day, the two joined hundreds of others at Lions Club Park on Monday as the Killeen Branch of the NAACP hosted its annual MLK March. 

"It shows unity amongst our community. It shows the love that Dr. King displayed, and it shows we do understand and we still know that his life and his legacy still continues to this day," said TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, President of the Killeen Branch NAACP. 

Those involved took the time to stop and share what the day means to them.

"Not just a day of celebration, a day off, but a day on to continue the legacy and the vision that he had for just not African American people, but all men and women," said Anita Corbin, who participated in the walk.

"It’s about service. It's about freedom and standing up," said Brenda Adams, a friend of Corbin.

Huggins said no matter your background, it is important to honor this special day.

"The dream is still alive, so don't forget that the dream is alive," said Huggins.

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