Meridian Community College hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Program, with guest speaker, Dr. Donald Cole. He spoke about the journey King hoped others would pursue.
"He asked us to complete this course, to end racism, to end war, to end violence, if you will," said Cole, who is assistant provost and assistant to the chancellor for multicultural affairs and associate professor of mathematics at the University of Mississippi.
Cole's message to chase King's dream was not for one group of people, but for all men, women, and children.
"It was a message for them to keep the flame burning and to continue to try to live out the dream," said Cole. "And the message, of course, to the older people was to intervene in a positive manner to make sure that these young individuals are able to do just that."
According to Cole, keeping the flame that Dr. King ignited is of the utmost importance for the younger generations. It's the future that he has his eyes on.
"Unless we lay a good foundation down and bring up a generation who can take us to the next level, then much of our work would be in vain," Cole said. "So it's because of our future that this is so important."
It seems some of our youth are starting to see the light in that flame. Sydney Luvene and Kia Davis, both students at Carver Middle School, are the 'Dare to Dream' essay winners.
"We must look at these same conditions and improve them for a better tomorrow," said Luvene, a 6th grade student.
"Well right now, I'm daring to dream of a better world," said Davis, who is in 7th grade.
That's likely a dare Dr. King would approve.
MCC marks Martin Luther King Day early, because the college is closed on the holiday, Jan. 18.