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Re-Examining "The Dream" On MLK Drive

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream was a wake up call for America.

Along MLK Drive in Asheville, we talked to folks about the 50th anniversary of his "Dream Speech."
"We all have a dream," says Anthony Simuel of Asheville, remembering what that speech meant to him as a kid. "We can prosper and grow as an African-American."

"Fifty years ago, I think I was 6-years-old when I saw it on TV," recalls Michael Avery. "It was on WLOS then. I saw the tears in my grandma's eyes that made me believe in the dream."
Local activist Marvin Chambers says he was empowered.

"See, Martin Luther King was a dynamic speaker and the things that he encompassed in his speech said to us that we have got a job to do," says Chambers.
Another activist, Jesse Ray, says we focus too much on the notion of a dream.

"It's about a vision, something intangible," Ray tells News 13. "And what we need to focus on is tangible things. Jobs, education, employment."

Chambers agrees, it's not enough to be a dreamer.

"So the dream to many of us is not really a dream. It's something we're thinking about that should happen," Chambers says.

Ray says "Moral Monday" protests against the NC General Assembly are like deja vu.

"The items and issues that were brought up in 1963 are still relevant today," Ray points out.    

That historic 17 minute speech still speaks to us.

"It was a road map to the activities that would carry us into a whole new generation," Chambers says.

A road map that's still relevant, despite dreams that haven't materialized.


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