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August 28, 2013

Marking ‘I Have a Dream’: Local men speak of MLK’s impact on America


ENID, Okla. —

“I believe his iconic words up to this present time have had an impact on America,” Williams said. “I have seen many changes, but there are still a lot of changes yet to come.”

Some of the changes yet to come are in the way people treat one another.

“I think sometimes we take his speech for granted, because we forget it was not just for individuals, it was for those who have the power to make decisions,” Williams said.

Williams said King’s speech was a call for people to treat one another with love, taking care of each other’s needs.

“When he talked about his children being able to walk together with children of different races, we see that every day,” Williams said. “That has come to pass. But also, we have forgotten that he was for promoting human life, not taking away human life. I believe he wanted his children to be able to live in a world where they could prosper according to their abilities, and I believe that has come to pass.

“Things that my parents couldn’t do, I am able to do, such as live, eat and lodge any place I am able to afford. His words were meant to let everyone know that they themselves make the greatest impact on the world, because they believe that it is self-evident, that all men are created equal. We have not won the battle, but someday, the dream victory will come to pass.”

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