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September 1, 2013

DAVIS: Martin Luther King's dream, remembered and applied

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Niagara Gazette — Just one week later, I heard our president speak again, along with other dignitaries, as our nation acknowledge the anniversary of King’s iconic speech. As a woman, as an African American, and as a citizen of the United States, I feel like I live among the most blessed because of the tenacity and courage of those who came before me. I, my husband, our four children and countless others truly “stand on their shoulders” and bear the responsibility of keeping the dream of King alive, and expanding its possibilities.

I am fully aware that there is much left to be accomplished in the fight for equality and justice for all Americans. I am encouraged by how far we have come as a nation, and hopeful that the generations that follow will continue to strive for excellence and equality. As President Obama said:

“That’s the promise of tomorrow — that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it. That when millions of Americans of every race and every region, every faith and every station, can join together in a spirit of brotherhood, then those mountains will be made low, and those rough places will be made plain, and those crooked places, they straighten out towards grace, and we will vindicate the faith of those who sacrificed so much and live up to the true meaning of our creed, as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Jackie Davis is an inspirational vocalist, musician and speaker with more than 20 years of television broadcast experience. Contact her at jjd.22344@yahoo.com.

Jackie Davis is an inspirational vocalist, musician and speaker with more than 20 years of television broadcast experience. Contact her at jjd.22344@yahoo.com.

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