Dr. King's legacy over 50 years later

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- 55 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream.

Now, his dream is celebrated all over the world.

But, how well does that legacy stand up today?

Ed Vaughn says, "Well I think he had a great legacy, there's no denying that."

I have a dream, four words, a simple concept and,

"I think it's a big ocean to cross but it can be done."

Ed Vaughn is a member of the Houston County NAACP.

He remembers Dr King's marches in the 60s because he was there.

He says,
"We brought Dr. King to Detroit one week before the march on Washington."

But looking back, it’s the memories of the past, that makes his optimistic about the future.

"I was a victim of the same things Dr. King was a victim of."

Kicked out of school his senior year for wanting racial equality.

He says, now it’s the younger generation that has the responsibility of carrying on the legacy.

"It was an idea he had, we are all the same. We are all equal and I think we need someone like Dr. King now to bring that idea to life even now."

And on this, the 50 anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, Mr. Vaughn says, one phrase holds true.

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they aren’t judged by the color or their skin but by the content of their character.

And that’s the dream that lives on.

James Earl Ray shot and killed Dr. King in Memphis, on April 4, 1968.