Celebrations honoring the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continued into Wednesday. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous speech king gave in Washington.
King proclaimed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, "I have a dream where the sons of former slaves and slave owners would be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
Although we've come a long way since then, Wednesday's message was about the road ahead. "Sure we have certainly made progress but even with that, we have not arrived yet, we have not arrived at that beloved community." Rev Dr. Rufus Wood, Jr. says.
Wood, a prominent civil rights leader and pastor in Panama City stressed the importance of continuing King's legacy, calling for an end to racism, poverty and violence. "Those were barriers to the beloved community to all of us being together, coming together and working together." Wood adds.
The Navy base says they put on these events to impact the lives of service members and the community. They would also like to remind us that Martin Luther King Jr. Day shouldn't just be a day off, it should be one of service.