Montgomery Celebrates Dr. King's Dream
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous speech.
It's now one of the most well known in the world.
Pastor Cromwell Handy and the members of Dr. King's former church took today to remember what he did for civil rights, and just how important Montgomery was in that movement.
"Montgomery is well known across the world and civil rights and social justice are what they're stapled with. So I'm proud to be a native of Montgomery and even more proud to be called by God to be here at this particular location," said Handy.
Across town at ASU, members of the community came together to do the same thing. They were honored with Reverend Robert Graetz, who was one of the only white supporters of the civil rights movement.
"We also knew it was worth it to be standing with 50 thousand black people who were trying to stand up for their rights. To be part of that movement is beyond compare. There's no way in the world that I could ever do anything else that would be more important than that," said Graetz.
He was targeted by hate groups, having his property vandalized and his life threatened, along with his family. He says that although we've come a long way, there's still work to be done.
"The part that has not changed is that there is within a major segment of the population a latent racism that will never accept black people as equals," said Graetz.