Region 8 Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Day

January 17, 2005--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream and it was fulfilled today right here in Region 8.

Hundreds of Jonesboro residents of all race and culture gathered to march in a parade in celebration of the birthday of Dr. King and his fight for equality of all human beings.

"This is a fun day for me just to get out and be with the people, you know black and white. This is the dream. We're keeping the dream alive and I've just been looking forward to this day," says Jonesboro resident Larry Taylor.

This is a day that will be forever celebrated with the dream of one man for the unity of all men.

"I'm thankful that were not segregated anymore. That blacks don't have to go to one school. We don't have to use separate bathrooms. I'm just thankful that we can just walk together in unity," resident Margaret Smith says.

"If you're Caucasian or African American, you're going to walk together and show that other people can walk with you and have friends," resident Hailey Smith says.

"It's for all people not just black but for everybody. I felt that Martin Luther King was a good man and he died for a good cause," resident Lorraine Vann says.

"We have the right to say and speak and do whatever we feel like doing, but when you're doing it for the right reasons it means more," Smith says.

"It is important to make sure that all people regardless of their color, regardless of their background to work together fot the benefit of the community for the benefit of those who need it," Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe says.

Dr. King will not be remembered for the way he died but for the way he lived, and his dreams have become reality.

"It doesn't matter what color your skin is. It doesn't matter how big or little you are or how tall or short you are. You are somebody important," Smith says.