Preserving the Dream

By: James Steiner Email
By: James Steiner Email
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But, at the event, there were three News Channel 8 viewers that hand first hand accounts of Doctor King's speeches or marches.

55-year-old Margo Means attended his famous "I have a dream speech" on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial when she was 12 years old.

Means, "I remember his voice. It resonated throughout the crowd. I looked up at my parents and they were just mesmerized by the speech."

She added she didn't know its importance until she became much older and saw how much the civil rights movement changed a nation.

Another man, Reverend Onie Cooper, saw Doctor King talk at an event in Sacramento when he was in his thirties.

Mister King was there for one night only.

Cooper, "His will, his delivery, his speech was like a sermon. It uplifted and inspired me."

Reverend Cooper has gone on to a number of important roles in our community, including chair of the local MLK commission.

Cooper, "One thing that I'm glad about is I was able to listen to him and now I help people."

Speaking of helping people, George Hardaway works for the Washoe County school district.

He says Doctor King paved his path in working with children.

Hardaway remembers the marches in Georgia but as a 14-year-old didn't realize their significance until later in life.

Hardaway, "He became my inspiration, my motivation to become educated and pursue a career as an historian."


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