On the Anniversary: Does Dream Live On?
WILKES-BARRE — Ronald Felton is head of the Wilkes-Barre chapter of the NAACP.
He remembers hearing Dr. Martin Luther King`s speech in Washington D. C. 50 years ago.
Felton was 10 years old at the time.
“I heard this, this man, speaking and it mesmerized me. It caused me to turn around and sit down and I said, ‘I just want to hear more of what he`s saying,’” he said.
“He inspires me a lot because he set us black people free from a lot of stuff that was happening in the neighborhoods and stuff, and when he was at that monument I watched the replay on Youtube, it was so cool,” said Fayhim Williams, an eighth grader from Wilkes-Barre.
Some said despite 50 years, King`s dream has not yet been realized.
They said there is still racism, it is just not as obvious.
“It`s like low-key racism, like before it was clear as day, now it`s more underneath, under wraps,” said Emile Westbrook of Wilkes-Barre.
In Washington, on the anniversary of the march and historic speech, the first African American president in U. S. History made a speech about Dr. King’s and his civil rights legacy.
“We rightly and best remember Dr. King’s soaring oratory that day. How he gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions, how he offered a salvation path for oppressed and oppressors alike,” said President Obama.
Hundreds of miles away, in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, Ronald Felton watched President Obama speaking out on television.
Felton said he was proud and he knows Dr. Martin Luther King would be, too.
“In witnessing that, we saw that the nation has come further than even we had expected. I never expected to see the election of an African American during my lifetime,” he said.