Sunday would have marked Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 77th birthday. King strived to make his dream of racial equality come true.
Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamt of equality for all men and women. The civil rights movement helped fulfill this dream, but has King's dream been forgotten?
Jim is visiting Tallahassee from Ohio and says, "I think overall most of it has been preserved. Obviously there's a lot of things in America that need to be changed, but overall I think we've made significant progress since his time."
A recent Associated Press poll found 78 percent of whites and 66 percent of African-Americans surveyed felt significant progress has been made towards racial equality, but not everyone in our area completely agrees.
Victoria Doyle, a Tallahassee residents, says, "If you would have asked me six months ago I would have said yes, but after the situation with Hurricane Katrina I really do think we have a long ways to go considering how the government, especially FEMA, how they handled the situation.”
Landa Spingler, a Tallahassee resident, adds, "I think we need to pay more attention to lower income families. I think that there is a large gap."
Chris Gantt, a Tallahassee resident, says, "I feel there has been a great deal of progress. I mean, there's still conflict, but there's conflict among people of their own race, and of our own race, of everybody's own race."
King fought for racial equality and paid the ultimate price with his life. Ninety six percent of African-Americans and 67 percent of whites who were polled think Dr. King's birthday should be a national holiday.