More than 300 gather at McKinley Grand Hotel to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday morning.
“Dreams are the cornerstone to greatness.”
The Rev. Franklin E. Goode shared those words and more Thursday morning during the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mayor’s Breakfast at the McKinley Grand Hotel.
“There is so much uncertainty around us today," said Goode, creator and founder of PASS — Plant a Spiritual Seed — a program designed to help inner city high schoolers get training and job placement in the contracts and purchasing arena.
“The poor are getting poorer, hope seems like it abandoned us, compassion purchased a one way ticket to the land of peace and the economy is seeking to divorce us. But I encourage you to believe in your dreams. Without dreams we are destined for disappointment and failure.”
He reminded his audience that King was a dreamer. “He dreamt of a day when we would all be accepting of each other.”
Goode is a native of Pinehurst, N.C. Growing up, he was called derogatory names, but he never gave up dreaming about a future where he would rise above it.
Today, he is a member of the clergy at Johnson Memorial Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He is a contract and grant specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, and is creator of the International Adults Bible Study program.
“I have a question, and if you repeat it, you will find the answer,” he said. “What would you do if you knew? Ask yourself this question. Going into 2013, I believe we should focus on hope, love and faith. That is what is going to keep everything in place. Whoever you are, keep believing that dreams are the cornerstone of greatness.”
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission recognized several community members for their work and awarded scholarships.
Honored were Laura Fisher McIntyre, education service; the Rev. Walter Moss, religious service; John J. Lucas Jr., community service; and CSE Federal Credit Union, business service.
Scholarship recipients were Holli Hill, Stark State College; Loretha C. Standard, Kent State University; and Nicholas Stevens, Ohio Dominican University.