Honoring King's dream of diversity

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  • By Tech. Sgt. John Wade
  • 71st Flying Training Wing Equal Opportunity
We have the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, and give life to his inspiring words spoken during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964 -- "I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow." 

These, along with many other inspiring words, filled a great void in our nation, and gave many a sense of hope and accomplishment. 

Doctor King knew that it's not only the words we speak, but also our actions that make us who we are. 

On Monday, we will honor his great dream - a dream of diversity, sharing and cultural cooperation. No other day of the year brings so many people from different cultural backgrounds together like the federal holiday recognizing Doctor King. 

Whether you are Native American, Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American or Caucasian, you are part of the great dream Doctor King had for America. 

The local celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2505 W. Garriott in Enid. The celebration will include a march, entertainment and special guest speakers - including Col. Chris Nowland, the 71st Flying Training Wing commander.

For more information, contact the church at 237-0602.