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Chilton County (Ala.) pauses to let freedom ring once again
Let freedom ring…More than 40 years ago Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered those words in Washington D.C. and while he gave his life to the cause of freedom and peace, his life was not lost in vain.
His memory was done a tremendous justice Monday as residents of Chilton County made their way from Jack Hayes Field in Clanton to the E.M. Henry Skills Center in West End in an honorary parade.
Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the great leaders of our time.
He was not a leader in the sense that he held a public office or help fight a war but Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader all the same.
There have been great strides in the peace making process thanks to King and the celebration of his life is not just a one day event.
He impacted the world with his views and freedom has come for so many.
He would never have imagined Let Freedom Ring would mean so much.
He was an exceptional man from humble beginnings and continues to impact people no matter of race or color.
Let freedom ring means more than the binds of racial discrimination.
Segregation is no longer thanks to King and people like him.
But, strides still need to be made in being a unified, peaceful society looking for a common good.
As this country remains engaged in what many refer to as a questionable war in Iraq, it seems fitting to also remember King the antiwar activist – one of the first national leaders to courageously speak out against the war in Vietnam.
So this week as we remember King, celebrate his life, work and the progress made based on his efforts, consider what remains to be done on his goals of eliminating racism, poverty, hunger, unfair incarceration, discrimination and inequities in education, housing and employment.
King, born in Atlanta on Jan. 15, 1929, would have turned 76 on Saturday.

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