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A photo of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Dallas' "DREAM" float.
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Crowds of people gathered Monday morning in Dallas near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to prepare for the city's annual MLK Day parade. 

The national Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington.
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North Texas is commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a variety of events — from a youth summit and a volunteer project, to a musical extravaganza.

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Students in the Dallas school district recently competed in the annual Foley Gardere Oratory Competition that honors Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s eight finalists, fourth- and fifth-graders, delivered speeches answering the question: "What would Dr. King say to the children of today's world?"

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Minnie's Food Pantry in Plano is usually closed on Monday. But in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, pantry founder Cheryl Jackson opened her doors to feed furloughed federal workers still without paychecks because of the partial government shutdown.

Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park has reopened for the first time since the partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22, thanks to a grant from Delta Air Lines. The deal allows the park to avoid the awkward possibility that it would be closed on the federal holiday honoring King.

"Without the assistance provided by The Delta Air Lines Foundation, it would have remained closed during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend," a National Park Service spokesman told NPR.

The day Martin Luther King Jr. gave his landmark "I Have a Dream" speech in August 1963, a lesser known moment in civil rights history was unfolding in southern Georgia.

More than a dozen African-American girls, ages 12 to 15, were being held in a small, Civil War-era stockade set up by law enforcement in Leesburg, Ga., as a makeshift jail.

When Martin Luther King, Jr. flew from Atlanta to Memphis on the morning of April 3, 1968, he was not in a particularly good state of mind.

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On Martin Luther King's birthday, with a winter storm looming, volunteers at a mosque in Richardson spent a day of service assembling and handing out hygiene kits for homeless folks.

'I Have A Dream' Speech, In Its Entirety

Jan 15, 2018

REBECCA ROBERTS, host:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Rebecca Roberts in Washington.

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. As millions of Americans honor his legacy today with a national day of service, we take a moment to reflect on Dr. King's life and message with his own words. As we did last year on the eve of a historic presidential inauguration, we now revisit King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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In December 1955, after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black ministers and community leaders organized a citywide bus boycott in protest. That part is well known.

Less well-known is the story of Georgia Gilmore, the Montgomery cook, midwife and activist whose secret kitchen fed the civil rights movement.

The annual MLK Jr. parade in downtown Fort Worth has been free of controversy, unlike the new event planned for Arlington.
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The region-wide parade to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday in Arlington has been canceled.

The City of Arlington declined to issue a permit for the event, after organizers "failed to meet event planning and security-related funding requirements," according to a statement from the city.

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What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn fire from local civil rights groups and community activists. They’re angry over the inclusion of Gov. Greg Abbott as an honorary grand marshal of the Toyota North Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Celebration, which is scheduled for next Monday in Arlington.

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For many of the faithful in North Texas, the season of Lent is winding down, and concludes April 15th. But for Brent Barry, Pastor of NorthPark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, this Lenten season has taken an unexpected detour.

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In 1994, Congress designated the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. as a national day of service. Ever since, service-minded people have embraced the challenge to make the third Monday in January a day on, not a day off.

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Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service is a tradition North Texans are embracing. From painting murals to building wheelchair ramps, hundreds of volunteers spent the day giving back to their community.

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Today, March 7, marks the 50th anniversary of a bloody milestone in the Civil Rights Movement – when marchers in Selma, Alabama were attacked by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. On Friday, a busload from SMU began retracing the route a group of students, faculty and staff took a half century ago.

Remembering Martin Luther King's 1966 Visit To SMU

Jan 19, 2015
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In 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Southern Methodist University, at the invitation of the student senate. His brief stop in Dallas left a strong impression on Charles Cox, a junior at SMU at the time of King's visit. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, recalling his visit to SMU, exploring events across Dallas-Fort Worth that honor him, and more.

When President Lyndon B. Johnson met at the White House with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 18, 1964, the two men were near the peak of their powers and the country was in a maelstrom.

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[Note: This story is from 2014.] Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here’s a listing of observances that are happening in North Texas over the next few days:

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They weren’t even born when Martin Luther King capped the March on Washington with his famous speech. Students at Paul Quinn College remembered that day in 1963 with a celebration of their own Wednesday.

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Wednesday in Washington D.C., America will commemorate a speech that changed the world.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is just as powerful today as in 1963.

Dallas Reverend Peter Johnson was a skinny 18 year-old that summer, fresh from jail. He remembers every detail from his trip to the March on Washington where he heard Dr. King’s profound words on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Johnson also remembers where he first fought for civil rights; on the river by his tiny hometown in south Louisiana.

It's hard to overstate what a crucial year 1963 proved to be. The Atlantic's In Focus blogger, Alan Taylor, takes a look back at 50 indelible photos of an indelible year. From the March on Washington to Vietnam. From Beatlemania to the crowning of "America's Junior Miss," 17-year-old Diane Sawyer. And, of course, those searing images from Nov. 22 and the days after, which transfixed a nation and haunted a city.

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They ride for prizes. But the horsemen and women of The Cowboys of Color Rodeo - who appeared Monday at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo -  say they also ride for pride and freedom. 

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A student from John Neely Bryan Elementary is the winner of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Competition in Dallas. Eight finalists performed their original speeches at the Majestic Theatre.

We've seen enormous advances for those denied equal access to the American dream.  But Rawlins Gilliland asks if some missions to be inclusive have begun to backfire. 

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Parades, music and community programs have been scheduled across Texas to mark the federal holiday honoring the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Texans joined other Americans today to honor King's memory 44 years after the civil rights leader was assassinated.