KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen residents gathered at a new location for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march.
For more than 20 years, the march has been held in front of city hall.
This year, organizers moved the location after learning they had to pay for traffic services as part of a new policy.
Some events are exempted from the new changes, but the annual march was not included in the list.
However, Killeen’s mayor, Jose Segarra, says the city will be working with organizers at this week’s workshop to include the march as a city-sponsored event.
“I know a lot of people got mad and said ‘Wait a minute” what is wrong with the city?’” he said.
“When I was notified that it wasn’t on there, the first thing I did was say ‘OK we are going to put it on the agenda.’ Normally we update the events the city sponsors around June, every year. So I said ‘Let’s bring it to the workshop so we don’t forget about it.’ because we want to make sure it’s a city-sponsored event so we don’t have to go through this every time,” Segarra said.
Despite the change of location, hundreds of people from organizations, schools and religious groups marched at Lions Park.
President of the Killeen NAACP chapter, TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, led the day’s event along with her 3-year-old daughter
“For me what the day means is that I am still able to march so that my 3-year-old daughter will have a voice in the years to come. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP and it means so much more to me that she continues to live in a nation like Dr. King said Where she won’t be judged by the color of her skin but by the content of her character” Driver-Moultrie said.
Many carried posters and portraits of Dr. King, including Killeen resident Dorothy Ann Grogan-Gardner, who encourages the younger generation to learn and live by the civil rights leader’s teachings.
“A great legacy and this needs to go on and on. This world needs to become the world he envisioned,” Grogan said.