Living Up to Dr. King's Speech

Posted at: 08/28/2013 6:41 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It was a march and a speech that changed the nation. But have we lived up to the simple goals Dr. Martin Luther King Junior laid out?

That famous speech in Washington D.C. was 50 years ago Wednesday.

While many took time to look at how far we've come others are using this historic anniversary to bring attention to the work that's left to be done.

Many believe the message in that speech is still one that needs to be heard today.

“That speech meant so much to so many people,” said Ann Frey.

“As far as civil rights, there’s been a lot of changes,” said Lee Cro.

“For me I think the speech was a plea to us as Americans to be more compassionate and considerate,” said Charlie Moore.

Charlie Moore is the president of the Diversity Council. He says our community still has a long way to go to be truly inclusive.

“There’s a lot of bridges that need to be built to the extent that we are compassionate and humane towards each other as we really need to be to work together as a country,” said Moore.

He's hopeful the community can learn to reach out to others and start a conversation.

“We need to move away from assumptions and start a dialogue to appreciate who we are in terms of similarities and in terms of differences,” said Moore.

Because while the dream inspired, many feel there is still more to be done to make it a reality.

“I think we are getting closer to whatever dream he had, are we there yet? No,” said Cro.

Moore is hopeful that in Rochester they can start up community forums to discuss what needs to be worked on and how can we bring the community together to be more inclusive.