SPECIAL THANKS TO DR. KING: All races learn and grow together! (Photo: Wendy Card)
I've attended many memorial services honoring the late Martin Luther King, Jr., but I will never forget today's service. I truly hope this video can capture how invigorating the guest speaker, Pastor Molly Davis, was. She had the attention of more than 200 people at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in the small City of New Bern, N.C.
We were energized and joyful as she reflected on the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. The theme was "Making the Dream a Reality" and she brought people to their feet reciting Dr. King's incredible accomplishments.
Pastor Davis reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle; Martin Luther King did. He grew up during segregation; graduated from a segregated school; graduated from Morehouse University; became the President of the NAACP and the SCLC; led 250,000 people to march on Washington, D.C., where he gave his prolific "I have a dream" speech; was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize; and ultimately influenced U.S. Supreme Court to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It's time for us to set aside our differences and come together as a nation as Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of. If he could do it with the obstacles he faced during desolate times, we can, too.
Let's pay tribute to him by paying it forward and opening our minds and hearts to the ideas of others. Who knows what roads could be paved when our political parties find common ground.
Let's set aside our egos and get back to what our country is all about. We are called the "United States" for a reason.
Dr. King was only 39 years young. As a reverend, he was a man of strong convictions and I'm guessing he knew with the heavy burden of changing our society he had enemies who would fight him to the end. And they did. I wonder how he must have felt knowing it was more important to put his cause before his life.
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