Valdosta Daily Times

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April 3, 2014

MLK: A lasting legacy

-- — “They killed the dreamer, but the dream lives on.” These words are a slogan of this evening’s scheduled “Musical Tribute in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).” Sponsored by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Association, this program will feature River Street Church of Christ, the Word of Oasis, Greater Morning Star Baptist Church, Greater Pleasant Temple Baptist Church and the Valdosta State University Mass Choir, starting at 6 p.m. today, MLK Park, corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and South Ashley Street. If there’s rain, the event will be held in the nearby St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

The musical tribute honors King on the 46th anniversary of his assassination on April 4, 1968. On that date, King was shot outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. He was 39 years old.

Thirty-nine and a life that touched so many and continues positively influencing Americans and people around the world of all racial backgrounds.

“If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice,” King said. “Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.”

And Martin Luther King left such a legacy.

Dreamers can die. Dreamers can fall to an assassin’s aim. But bullets cannot kill a dream not when the dreamers dare to dream great things, not when the dreamer dares others to dream.

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