Hundreds attend NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

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News 12 at 11, January 21, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- It's a day to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commissioners, congressmen, civic groups, the Mayor, and churches. All coming together to sing, pray, and celebrate.

"Even today celebrating his life and legacy, we can cherish his memories all of the struggles," Augusta Branch NAACP President, Charles Smith said.

And all of the things Dr. King stood up and fought for. Things like peace, unity, love, and harmony.

"He just wanted everyone to understand that we can be anything we want to be. If we just believe in each other and get each other the respect we so rightfully deserve," Smith said.

A time when our country is going through difficult times. Just like Dr. King went through.

"Augusta is so unified. Not just for this event but we see changes and improvement with in education, city government. Citizens working together, coming together forming a coalition and partnership to make this a better community," Smith said.

Dr. King's dream, to unite all americans.

"Dr. King was a great leader in my youth. I can remember him speaking the words of which he's recalled today on film. I saw him live on TV when he was still among us and he was a great example to me and great example to my generation," GA Congressman, John Barrow said.

A day that touches so many people because Dr. King wanted us to live his dream. A dream where everyone should be judged by their character and not by the color of their skin.

"We have to take a look at where we are now and where we have gone and come from and where we are going," Smith said.

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