Anniversary of famous "I Have a Dream" speech inspires local congregation

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by Mike Colombo

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 28 at 8:00 PM

(WHAS11)  The 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was being remembered Saturday by many people, who were in attendance when Dr. King visited Louisville’s Green Street Baptist Church in August, 1967.
 

WHAS 11’s Mike Colombo spoke with those church members Saturday about Dr.King’s visit and how the words of his now famous speech continue to inspire them.
 

The people we talked to said Dr. King’s visit to Green Street Baptist Church was a much anticipated event that came four years after he gave the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.  Inspired by Dr. King’s words, the people we talked to said King’s visit to Louisville only reinforced in them the challenge to follow their own dreams.
 

Saturday, Aug. 28, forty-seven years to the day Dr. King delivered his most famous speech, church members at Green Street Baptist said King’s message empowered them to do things they had never considered possible.
 

One woman we spoke with said Dr.King’s dream for a better America put her on the path to attending and graduating college.
In remembering Dr.King’s speech, another church member said it was the universal appeal King’s words had that made the speech’s message everlasting.  Devoe Hale said, “It reached everyone, everywhere.  It wasn’t just about those people he was making the speech to in Washington, he was talking to everyone in the nation.  The way he spoke let you know he was touching each and every person.”
 

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