Union County residents who attended Saturday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. service in the Union County Courthouse came away with a determination to decide for themselves if his “Dream” has become a reality.
“Is this the dream?” Sister Juanita Floyd, a graduate of East Union Attendance Center and local community leader. “You be the judge.”
Floyd called King a “driving force” in the mid 20th Century efforts to bring about racial equality.
“The speech is often considered to be one of the greatest speeches of modern times,” Floyd said, regarding King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”
Floyd went on to examine whether King’s ideals have come true in both education and voting among African Americans in the United States.
“It is our responsibility to educate children and prepare them for the future,” Floyd said. “It is our responsibility to ensure that our forefathers did not die in vain to give us the right to vote.”
Floyd concluded that each person must decide if King’s dream has become reality and act accordingly.
“This is a moment in history where Dr. King’s dreams must challenge and stimulate us to act,” Floyd said.
The crowd was also led in songs by a Youth Community Choir, including “God Bless America” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and the Watson Grove Choir.