In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, the Killeen Branch of the NAACP and the city of Killeen teamed up to host “The Dream Lives On” event Monday night at the Killeen Arts & Activities Center.
The event was a way to bring the city together on a unified front regardless of race, color or creed, said TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, president of the Killeen NAACP.
“This day is very important for the city of Killeen not just to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy but most importantly, it allows us to
know that the dream continues to live on and what better place than the city of Killeen,” she said.
Ann Farris, assistant city manager for Internal Services, said the Killeen community celebrates the memory of the march and King’s character.
“It has to do with inequity and not only feeling what other people feel but doing something about it,” she said.
Members of the community and the NAACP came out to the event, along with city officials including Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Blackstone.
Following a reception, guests gathered in the center’s auditorium for the ceremony, led by Driver-Moultrie and Jared Foster, councilman at large.
The room was quiet as guests watched the footage of King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
Keynote speaker Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas State Conference of NAACP Units, spoke about King’s goal for racial equality and the journey that remains.
“He very much wanted to have an interracial dialogue and he believed to the core that people need to be able to get together and work towards the common good,” he said.
“I think he would be disappointed in the acrimony of the nation and the refusal to respect each other.”
Wednesday is the actual anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.