Parades, marches part of MLK remembrances across Texas

The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. has kicked off across the country and right here in North Texas.

Parades and other community events are planned across Texas to remember slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The annual Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade began rolling through the Fair Park area of Dallas around 10 a.m. This is the first year the parade will be held without Elite News publisher Bill Blair, who died last year.

Fort Worth's MLK parade starts at 11 a.m. in downtown. Right after there will be a rally featuring step groups, dancers and high school bands in Sundance Square.

Also in Fort Worth and other cities volunteers plan to spend Monday helping others. The Tarrant Churches Together MLK day of service was promoted as a "stream of compassion" to serve together across the community.

Monday's MLK march in San Antonio is expected to draw a crowd of more than 100,000. It's billed as one of the largest King marches in the country.

Some cities held commemorations over the weekend. Dunbar College Preparatory Academy in Lubbock celebrated youth night on Saturday with a talent show.

A discussion Saturday at El Paso Community College focused on youths learning more about black history and culture as they concentrate on education.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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