It's not very often a public platform opens for anyone to speak their mind. In honor of Martin Luther King Junior and the topics of race, culture, and the relationships between people, the Day of Dialogue was a great success. Many came to the Tallahassee city chambers to speak their mind, but they also gave thanks to Dr. King himself.
Greg Reagan, a forum participant said, "He put a spotlight on the issues that we have and for that alone, I would say thank you."
There were even some who once had the opportunity to see King speak in person. Mayor John Marks said King would have a "mixed bag" of thoughts on today's social environment. He said, "I think he would look at the infant mortality rate in this area and would be very disappointed." Then he said, "I think he'd be very proud of the educational system when you see that many many more African Americans are being educated in this country."
Other topics at the forum included the 2008 election, equal education, disproportion, employment, and more. No matter what the topic was, many in attendance had a common idea.
Some things said were, "I'm trying to facilitate his dreams through my actions and through programs that I do."
"We all have to give back to our community. That's so important."
Mayor John Marks said, "I really strive to be the best Mayor for the people, for all the people in this community."