Dr. King said that we should not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.
This year, Martin Luther King Day is a week from Inauguration Day 2009... A day that many agree Dr. King would find exceptionally remarkable.
"Many of our ancestors have been physically beaten for us to have the opportunity to vote. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior died as a result of injustice in the united states of America," says Deshanna Grider, Essay Contestant.
"He walked so that Barack Obama could run. Barack Obama ran so that we could make a change. Let freedom ring, Godless," says Jerome Lister, Essay Contestant.
Barack Obama will officially become the first black president on January 20th. This year on Martin Luther King Day, many people will also honor our new leader.
"This important moment in history should help us realize King's dream… that it is our time to stand."
Children in the Ozark community shared their personal essays that reminded adults of the milestone they have crossed this year.
"I am excited, I never though this day would be possible, and I know that my mother, my great aunts, and uncles who are in their 80s and 90s have never dreamed about this, but now anything in America is possible,” says Harriet McFarlin of St. Mark AME Zion Church.
"Dr. King had a dream that in Alabama, little black girls and boys will be able to join hands with little white boys and girls,” says Keith Snell, Essay Writer.
"Yes, I can fulfill the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King."
The seven children that wrote the essays were in a contest.
Calyn Harper, a student of D.A. Smith Middle School in Ozark, won.