Decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said to supporters of the civil rights movement in Washington, D.C., "... I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character ..."
King's life's work has made a difference in all our lives. There's no telling how different our world would be today without his fight for peace and equality.
In the annual essay contest sponsored by the News-Journal and Greater Campbellsville United, we asked residents to tell us what type of world they dream of for their children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren and for their church, family or profession.
We asked them to think about how the world will have to change if their dream is to come true and what they can do to start those changes taking place.
Though the winners haven't yet been selected, all the entries were obviously well thought out. Residents of all ages responded with their dreams for the future.
Watch for the winners' essays in Monday's paper.
And attend this year's events honoring King.
Taylor County Civic League's annual reception begins at 6 p.m. at the Campbellsville University Winters Dining Hall.
Residents begin to assemble for the annual march at 4 p.m. at Campbellsville Middle School. They will march to Campbellsville University's Ransdell Chapel.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, hosted by the Ecumenical Ministerial Alliance of Campbellsville, will be at 6 p.m. The guest preacher for the worship service will be the Rev. Jacqueline King, pastor of Stoner Memorial AME Zion Church in Louisville.
The Rev. Gerald Joiner will be the speaker for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Worship Service on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in CU's Ransdell Chapel. The Gospel Explosion Choir will provide special music.