Killeen: Hundreds honor MLK at city hall rally

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Fraternities, organizations and youth groups took part in the NAACP's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march Monday in downtown Killeen.

Fraternities, organizations and youth groups took part in the NAACP's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march Monday in downtown Killeen. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)

Among the marchers was Wilmer Burt, 77, who remembers the day his father took him to church to see the civil rights leader give a sermon.

"I was singing in the choir in the church at the time," he said.

"The energy around him and the crowds that were present that day was enormous."

Some of the marchers said King would be proud of the country’s progress on civil rights, but others, like Leander Corbett, 15, say King’s legacy and the history of the civil rights movement should be taught more in public schools.

"We could definitely improve on that because we have a black history month, but we only have a month for that," he said.

Burt, an Army veteran, is part of that history.

He recalls instances when white soldiers were allowed in public restaurants from which he was banned.

"They would say my friends could come in, but I couldn't," Burt said.

"I'm proud to say that my brothers stood with me and said, if he can't come, then we're not coming either."