Local celebrations join millions across the country in remember - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Local celebrations join millions across the country in remembering the dream

Posted: Updated:
SALEM -

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.

 

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

    Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:42:30 GMT
    This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors.
    This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors.
  • Bedford Sheriff Department searches home on Nemmo Road

    Bedford Sheriff Department searches home on Nemmo Road

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:23:16 GMT
    There was a flurry of police activity Monday in Bedford County.
    There was a flurry of police activity Monday in Bedford County.
  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
  • Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.
    Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.
  • PLO offers 24-hour truce, says it speaks for Hamas

    PLO offers 24-hour truce, says it speaks for Hamas

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:46:56 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
    .A senior PLO official has called for a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war, saying he is also speaking in the name of Hamas.
  • US, EU preparing new sanctions against Russia

    US, EU preparing new sanctions against Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:28:58 GMT
    European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.
    The United States and the European Union, finally in synch on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, are preparing a powerful one-two punch against Russia's economy, with EU ambassadors meeting on Tuesday...
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.