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Martin Luther King could have chosen an easy life. He could have chosen safety and security, but instead he ventured out into the deep waters, to borrow an analogy from William Turner, a professor at Berea College and this year's featured speaker for the Martin Luther King celebration at First Baptist Church.
Turner reminded the audience that King was despised by many people for daring to dream, for daring to say that all people should be treated equally. Today, the truth of King's words is - or at least should be - self-evident.
With that in mind, let us recall King's dream from Aug. 28, 1963.
"When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"