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King’s famous voice is one all need to hear

His voice is indistinguishable.

Every year, we hear it on a special day or more often than not.

The other day, as I was getting lunch, his voice was ringing out over loud speakers at the Atmore Corners Shopping Complex.

Walking into Subway, I stopped for a moment and listened to the famous words of the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Of course, the famous “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” rang out and the hairs on my arms stood up.

The speech was delivered by King during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom on Aug. 28, 1963.

In the speech, he goes on to call for civil and economic rights and the end of racism in the United States.

Just thinking back on the time period, Civil Rights were a big part of the news here in Alabama.

For him to make that speech, King was a strong-willed person of true character. I guess that’s why he’s revered as a civil rights hero today by so many.

As I’ve written in this space before, the Concerned Citizens of Atmore do know how to throw an MLK Day Parade and Celebration.

The parade went well, and there were a lot of participants.

At the end of the parade, all met up at Houston Avery Park for a short program, where Karean Reynolds served as the master of ceremonies.

“This is a day of unity,” Reynolds said. “It’s important to stick together and act in unity.”

Reynolds added that making changes is also necessary at this day and age.

Following the pledge of allegiance, the playing of the national anthem, a prayer and a city proclamation declaring Jan. 21 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Atmore, Parade Marshal Harold Dailey spoke.

Dailey was a longtime school teacher, having taught many who are holding leadership positions in the area, namely Escambia County High School Principal Dennis Fuqua and Escambia Academy Headmaster Hugh Fountain.

“There’s a whole lot of strength in the word unity,” Dailey said.

Once the day wrapped up, I smiled because it was the end of a busy, yet great MLK Day.