Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." The speech called for an end to racism and still resonates throughout the country, including in Lubbock.
One Lubbock church is planning to host a special tribute to Dr. King on Wednesday evening.
More than a quarter of a million people attended the event in 1963, to hear Dr. King deliver his 147-minute long speech during the March on Washington. Fifty years later, Pastor Chris Moore says he wants to honor Dr. King, and his dream, by having a march of his own through the streets of Lubbock.
"We want the Hispanic, white and black and Asian and Native American. We want every denomination, every group to come out and be a part of this, because every one of us have prospered because of 'I have a dream,'" Moore said.
Moore is the pastor of Victory in Praise Christian Fellowship Church in Lubbock. He says he hopes thousands of people will come out Wednesday evening to march like the protestors in Washington did.
The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. at Estacado High School on Itasca St. The half mile route will take participants down to MLK Boulevard and Parkway in front of the MLK Bingo.
Congressman Randy Neugebauer, Mayor Glen Robertson and City Councilman Floyd Price are all scheduled to speak.
The goal of the special anniversary event is to honor the words of Dr. King and pay tribute to an American hero.
"And also to demonstrate unity in the city of Lubbock. We want the world to see that the city of Lubbock can stand together and be a launching ground for us to work together and also network" Moore said.
Organizers are encouraging participants to bring canned food items to donate to the South Plains Food Bank.
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