MLK peaceful march and service takes over downtown

Posted at 9:38 PM, Jan 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 13:02:07-05

TULSA -- 50 years later the dream still lives. That was the message from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society through the peaceful march and church service.

Carmen Pettie is a child of the sixties, a time when people were segregated by race.

“I grew up in an era when I didn’t have a right to vote and I didn’t have the right to go to whatever school I wanted to," said Pettie, senior parade marshal and march participant.

Things began to change when Pettie was a little girl.

“In the middle of kindergarten they integrated an elementary school right here in this city and I cut the ribbon for that particular school and I was able to attend that school," said Pettie.

Pettie marched in Sunday's peace and solidarity walk alongside community members with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society.

She walks to spread Dr. King's message of loving one another without judgment.

“The dream does live, it lives in you it lives in me it lives in everyone that’s watching, and so I think that it’s important that people have a better understanding of what dr king really meant," said Pettie.

Police escorted, as well as walked side by side with participants in the march.

The celebration continued in the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church with a commemorative service.

“In and through community lies the means for us to save the world so I hope everyone can get together and understand," said Tyrance Billingsley, who walked in the march.

Understands and practices Dr. King's message to make a change through unity and love.

The 39th annual Tulsa MLK parade starts at 11 Monday morning at Detroit and John Hope Franklin Boulevard.

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