Seniors keep King’s dream alive

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. festivities got an early start at the Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center on Wednesday with a “Dream for the Future” program.
“This is a celebration kicking off the events that are coming up Monday,” said center Director Calvin Vaughn. “This program is important because of the dream that Martin Luther King had that our world would be inclusive and accepting of all people. That includes minorities and aging adults that also have a dream and need to be remembered. This is a time to celebrate, remember and look at where we can work better for the future.”
The program included a presentation by AARP, speakers Mayor Bernita Sims and local art gallery owner Phyllis Bridges, an African-American doll exhibit from the High Point Library and a musical performance by a combined Happytones and Senior Class Chorus. The seniors at the center also submitted poems about their dreams for the future.
Vaughn also challenged those in attendance to participate in the national Day of Service on Monday in honor of King.
“We challenge people to participate in some community event,” Vaughn said. “Even if it’s not with an agency, we want them to do some good. “
Richard Brewer said he came out to sing but to celebrate as well.
“I think that it is appropriate to begin a week ahead as we celebrate the life and philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Brewer said. “He brought us a lot of happiness and goodwill.”
Donna Pinckney, who moved from Washington, D.C., two years ago, said she came out to the program to celebrate King and his legacy.
“I came out today to support Martin Luther King, Jr. and our honorable mayor,” Pinckney said. “We used to go to the Martin Luther King Jr. event in D.C. I hope that our children will take it to heart and do some service. There are plenty of  things that young people can do without the negative stereotypes. It is important for the youth to keep his (King’s) tradition alive.”
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