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