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The influence of MLK celebrated through the power of song

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LUBBOCK, Texas -




On Monday,  the country honored civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The federal holiday on the third Monday every January commemorates his birthday and the legacy he leaves behind for millions of Americans. 

Although at the Memorial Civic Center in Lubbock, it did not feel much like a Monday night.

There, the MLK Commemorative Council of Lubbock hosted its final night of tributes to Dr. King, after a weekend of celebrations, for the 49th year. 

Gospel music filled the air, as a 50 person choir assembled from churches from around the city.

"As slaves a lot of the messages for the Underground Railroad were related through gospel songs, and they used it as a means to, to get together, to get to the Underground Railroad and they also used it as a source of encouragement," Council President Tracey Jackson said.

The non-profit puts most of its efforts year-round into this annual observation of Dr. King's lasting impact. 

"If we don't know our past, we're doomed to repeat our past. And if we can educate those that are under us, or those that are coming up behind us, if we can educate them and keep him fresh on their mind, then they'll know a little bit more about who they actually are." Jackson said.

Jackson believes, it is because of MLK that our society has come this far.

"When we all believe in god, and when we all believe in each other, there's no color. We're all one, we're all the same, we all deserve the same freedoms and the same respect," Jackson added.

Next year will be the 50th celebration with the Commemorative Council.

Almost all donations the council received this weekend will go to its scholarship fund.



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