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The Suburbanite
  • MLK Jr.: The man who had a dream

  •  Across Stark County on Monday, many paid tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His address to civil rights marchers on Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington D.C., is his best-known speech, and still resonates with people today. The current hit movie, “The Help,” continues to provoke discussion. We asked you your thoughts on civil rights and the man who had a dream.

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  • Across Stark County on Monday, many paid tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His address to civil rights marchers on Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington D.C., is his best-known speech, and still resonates with people today. The current hit movie, “The Help,” continues to provoke discussion. We asked you your thoughts on civil rights and the man who had a dream.
    Locals respond:
    “As an African American, I can tell you that we’ve made huge progress toward ‘The Dream,’ but we still have a long way to go. Despite popular opinion, racism and prejudice are still alive and well here in America.”
    —Aprile Harris
    “I am grateful to Dr. King for trying to free all of us from the tyranny of racism.
    I remember vividly the way it was in the 1950s and 1960s, when discrimination was not only practiced, it was encouraged. We have come a long way from those days, but much work remains.
    New progress will be slow, however, because people must change what is in their hearts. Let us pray we may see the day in which each of us can have faith in the motives of all other people.”
    — Ed March
    “We still have a long way to go! We all need to start with the youth of today!”
    — Kellie Kirksey
    “I have a great, great sensational feeling when I hear the names of MLK and JFK... the pride and tears consumes me. As my children were going into middle school, I had them read autobiography of MLK. I encourage them to fight for their rights.”
    — Nanette Rayon-Markin