Black History Month: Working to Realize Dr. King’s Dream Through Community Service

Today we’re sharing the story of  how  Nelson German & Kelly Brown- Graduates of Florida A & M and Georgia Southern  are working to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream a reality by supporting marginalized communities.

Nelson German & Kelly Brown

The I have a dream speech was a dream vocalized by Dr. King, but it was dream visualized by many. Whether the spoken dream was a boundless idea comprised of glimpses of a rare reality or it was a premonition vision from God, there is one factor that translated those words from thoughts to truth; that factor is the people. Without the movement of the people, Dr. King’s dream would be nothing more than an elapsed thought rather than the existential truth it is today. The words of that speech are echoes of movement towards freedom. Every move made, and every action taken created a vibration that would eventually begin to break down the barriers of inequality. That is what Dr. King meant by let freedom ring.

Today there are still more moves to make and more ground to break. Black and brown people are still marginalized disproportionately in the United States. As African Americans, my fiancée and I have been fortunate enough to thrive, but we know that is not the case for everyone. We have committed our spare time to mentoring and sharing our experience with the next generation. We believe through education and vocation people can transition from surviving to thriving. Because so many people have prayed for us and invested in our futures so that we can realize the dream of Dr. King, we are committed to reciprocating towards the future generation. Whether individually or through organizations we have facilitated college prep, professional development, career coaching, bible study and mentoring. We recognize that it is time to change the perception that minorities living out their dreams is an exception and not the norm. The generation of the civil rights movement was a generation of firsts. It is our responsibility to ensure that the next generation is the generation of many.

As part of our Black History Month celebration this year, we want to highlight that it’s also history in the making, and share the idea that anyone can be a hero. We’re sharing a series of stories about the community at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta Georgia.  The church has been a part of the community since 1886 and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as co-pastor alongside his father.  Today the church hosts a congregation of over 6,000 people and continues to serve the Atlanta community and beyond.  Join us in learning how a group of impressive young leaders from this historic church continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s vision and to inspire others through community service.

 

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