Ebenezer Crowd Hails Today's Inauguration

ATLANTA (AP) - Today's inauguration of the nation's first black
president is seen as a huge step toward realizing Martin Luther
King Jr.'s dream of racial equality. But King's nephew told a large
crowd yesterday at the Atlanta church where King once preached that
there is still work to be done.

Isaac Newton Farris, president of The King Center, told the jubilant crowd the election of Barack Obama was built on a foundation laid by King. And he said it was a "gigantic leap" toward the fulfillment of King's dream.

Farris said there is "definitely a spiritual connection" between the dream and Obama's inauguration. The mostly black congregation erupted in applause at any mention of Obama's name.

But Farris cautioned the crowd that Obama's ascent to the nation's highest political office is not the final achievement of King's vision.

Farris said that as long as disparities persist in health care, education and economics, King's work remains undone.

King preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church from 1960 until his death in 1968.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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