The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived on at the 20th annual MLK march in Gonzales Monday, Jan. 16.
Hundreds of people gathered on Texas Independence Square as they lined up to march to the Edward High School, where the Edwards Association held its annual MLK celebration.
Edwards Association President David Tucy was impressed by the turnout for this year’s march.
“Today, Dr. Martin Luther King, the celebration, it just means so much to me. It just touched my heart. It touched me to see all of the races coming together. It touches me to see everybody coming together to try to achieve a common goal,” Tucy said.
This year marks 20 years of the annual march and Tucy remembers that first march and how it grew in the last two decades.
The difference from the first march was, in that first year, they didn’t have a JROTC marching with the American flag, Texas flag and the MLK banner — and this year, they had more people participate.
“We have more participation from U.S., city and county officials and all our elected officials. We're just so grateful for them to be here, and to show that they are participating in this most wonderful day,” Tucy said.
The year 2023 will mark the 60th anniversary of Dr. King’s march to Washington, D.C., where thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial as he gave his “I Have A Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington D.C.
Tucy was 11 years old in Gonzales when Dr. King read his speech and Tucy recalled how it impacted the African-American communities in the United States.
“I was just looking yesterday, over here at the old Edwards Campus. Years ago, you wouldn't have seen what I saw yesterday. Little black kids and white kids, Hispanic kids playing out here on the campus of the Edwards High School,” Tucy said.
“When I was growing up, you would never have seen that in this area of this town. But now you see it and I just love it. And I just sat there and my heart was just filled with joy,” Tucy continued.
Tucy appreciated what everyone’s been doing around the city and county.
“We would like to see more inclusion and recognition here in the city of Gonzales. And then as we go forward, we're going to try to act on that,” Tucy said.
Tucy also thanked Mike Baker, Robert Gaundre, Kenneth Fink, George Fink, and Dale Graham for providing the meal for the MLK luncheon.