More than 20,000 thousand Houstonians attended yesterday's 42nd annual Martin Luther King Parade, downtown in order to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, hosted by the Black Heritage Society, featured Mayor Sylvester Turner and Grand Marshall George Foreman, along with an array of dance teams, social groups, first responders, and military. The sense of pride and joy was palpable. We asked parade participants to share why the parade was important to them. Gary Miller, 41, head band director of Royal Marching Sound Machine at Royal High School in Brookshire, Texas,  stated, “I feel like this parade is very significant. We are sharing unity, love, and peace. It is important because it is for the city." Jamonica Miller, a sophomore at the University of Houston and dancer with the Cougar Dolls Dance Team, echoed that. “Being a part of this parade is important because of the community feel and the chance to give back. It’s a great experience, and it feels good to be around people who share the same love for Houston.” Texas Southern University junior Christopher Jones, a second-year head drum-major of Ocean of Soul Marching Band, said he appreciated that "it is black culture, and that is one thing that needs to be prominent, and not even just African American history but world history.” He's right: Martin Luther King continues to inspire not just Houstonians but the world. — Samantha Dorisca 

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