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Elite MLK Parade Continues Family Tradition

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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS)– When President Barack Obama takes his public oath Monday he will use a Bible that belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The symbolic gesture of using his sacred book is not lost on the organizer of the largest MLK celebration in Dallas.

Darryl Blair, the Elite MLK Parade committee chairman, said he too Monday will be thinking of those who paved the way before.

Blair’s father, William, started the Elite MLK Parade 26 years ago and Blair’s brother, Jordan, had been in charge for the past 16 years.

Jordan died just days after last year’s parade leaving the job of organizing this year’s parade to his brother.

“My dad started it. He built it and it’s our job to keep it going,” said Blair.

Much like Blair is continuing what his father started, many say Monday’s Presidential Inauguration started years ago with Dr. King.

Elite parade volunteer Joe Tave explained it this way. “Dr. King dreamed. President Obama with the help of many, many different ethnic groups helped to fulfill the dream,” he said.

When the floats hit Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, many will have one eye on the parade and another on a television showing the Inauguration.

Blair says he will be watching both with thoughts of those who came before.

“I’m going to shed many of tear,” said Blair when thinking about Monday. “I lost my brother – lost my hero. Love starts at home and spreads abroad. I stand on my brother’s and father’s shoulders so others can stand on mine.”

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