MLK Day celebrated with parade, memorial service

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 08:01 AM.

“Most of us dream,” Whitehurst said. “But it is the good dreams that we want to build on.”

She said the Bible is full of examples of men whose faith in God allowed them to fulfill their dreams, including Joseph, Job, Moses and Jesus. Likewise, Dr. King’s faith allowed him to pursue his own dream.

“Dr. King never gave up on his dream,” Whitehurst said. “He suffered just as much as Joseph, but he built his dream on faith.”

“I dare you to dream today,” Whitehurst said to the young people in the audience. “Trust in God, keep the faith, and see what God can do for you.”

She warned that people will try and shake your faith and demean your dreams. “People without vision will call your dreams impractical, downright impossible,” Whitehurst said. “But where would we be today if not for Dr. King’s dreams?”

2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech and Monday’s national holiday honoring King also saw the fulfillment of another dream — then second inauguration of President Barack Obama, Whitehurst said.

“Fifty years ago it was a radical idea for a black man to have big dreams, much less to dream to be president,” she said. “Big dreams can come true, and it was a big dream for him, and it is a big dream for us,” Whitehurst said of the president’s inauguration.

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