Rally for a dream

Herald/ANTHONY SCOTT - Brenda Coley speaks at the Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Monday at the Killeen Community Center.

By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

The man famous for having a dream was honored by more than 400 residents who turned out with their own dreams as the Killeen Branch NAACP and Killeen Branch Youth Council hosted the annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Monday afternoon at the Killeen Community Center.

"Change has come a long way, but we're not there yet," said NAACP chapter president TaNeika Driver. "We're going to have to work together to execute the dream Dr. King had in mind for us."

The event featured a number of music and theatrical acts, topped off with keynote speaker Brenda Coley, who echoed King's message.

"I don't believe we all share the same dream," Coley said, adding everyone works to accomplish their own dreams.

Coley is the executive director of human resources for Metroplex Health System. She is known around the community for being the first black female to serve as president of the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees.

"I think she was the perfect person to speak," Driver said. "She didn't make an excuse of what she went through with her childhood to get to her success today."

Growing up, Coley said she remembered being treated differently because of her skin color. She recalled seeing hateful messages in torn textbooks she was given.

"This year, what was different was focusing on coming together in a united community," Driver said.

The event also featured a play put together by the Youth Council, in which actors portrayed various historic black figures and explained who they were.

Cynthia Joiner-Moore, a resident who attended the tribute ceremony, said she would be seeking a transcript of Coley's speech.

"Her speech definitely fit the program," Joiner-Moore said. "People think things have changed but we still need to fulfill Dr. King's dream."

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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