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Local celebrations join millions across the country in remembering the dream

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's speech is just as powerful today coming from the lips of students at Roanoke College. After the crowd paused a moment to remember as college junior, Adrian Gillem rang the bells on campus.

A ringing that he hopes will continue to sound across the country.

"To me knowing the history, and looking at the history of him is insurmountable. To know that I was a young African American that can come here and integrate and interact with many alike and many different knowing that full well that it was a dream carried by a man only fifty years ago that brought me here today," Gillem said.

He and the crowd at the college joined millions across the country in celebrating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech.

In Lynchburg a church congregation gathered to remember what Dr. King fought for and prayed the country will continue fighting. A fight that Lynchburg Mayor Michael Gillette says is still young.

"I think we also need to recognize that there is a lot of progress left to be made and that still today there is a lot of inherent prejudices and biases in our social structures that really do need to be addressed," Mayor Gillette said.

But for Adrian there is still hope. While the young college junior says we can all agree there is still more progress to be made, now unified the fight is stronger than ever.

"There is still hope. It was uttered yes in the presidential campaign. By now President Barack Obama who is African American, yes we can. There is hope, but it's on the ground," Gillem said. " The fight is still there it's just we need to keep on hoping that it will be won for equality, not inequality."

A fight that fifty years later is more than just a dream than ever before.




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