Local NAACP chapter celebrates the accomplished dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9 months 19 hours 35 minutes ago Monday, January 15 2018 Jan 15, 2018 Monday, January 15, 2018 4:08:00 PM CST January 15, 2018 in News
By: Chelsea Haynes, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Columbia's NAACP chapter hosted their annual 24th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day memorial program. 

The theme for this year's annual celebration was "A Dream Deferred, A Dream Ignited." 

Columbia NAACP Chapter President, Mary Ratcliff, said Dr. King had a dream for many things, but it abruptly came to a halt shortly after his death.

"Now, we are reigniting the dream he has because it has not yet been fulfilled," Ratcliff said. 

The celebration began with a ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden at 11 a.m. Following the ceremony, more than 25 cars proceeded in a motorcade to Second Missionary Baptist Church for a brief message by Rev. Donald McNeal and a community luncheon. 

The presentation included the singing of the Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and a reading by Reverend McNeal of one of Dr. King's speeches. 

More than 100 people were in attendance from varying races and backgrounds.

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