Martin Luther King Black Tie Celebration - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/17/09

Martin Luther King Black Tie Celebration

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Saturday the Lubbock Martin Luther King Commemorative council got dressed up for its 38th annual celebration. Spirits were high celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, and the hope a new president might bring.

NewChannel 11 caught up with a couple of people who attended the banquet, and they say they are excited for the change that will soon take place.

L.V. Andrews, the first vice president of the Martin Luther King Commemorative Council said, "Our theme for this year would be "change." I say change, Dr. King had a dream. We've been running for a long time, so we finally got to the finish line. And I thank God for that."

This year would have been King's 80th birthday, but his "dream" has not been forgotten. Lubbock City Council member Floyd Price said, "Tonight is special for me not because it's a Martin Luther King birthday time but because of the history making effort that the African American people have come so far."

Saturday's celebration hosted Texas Tech Defensive Coordinator Ruffin McNeill as guest speaker. Everyone at the banquet felt America has come a long way since Martin Luther King's assassination 41 years ago.

They believe this is just one example of how far America has come.

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