It has been more than 40 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.
To keep his dream alive, the Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center is holding its second annual "What Are You Doing to Keep the Dream Alive?" event on Jan. 18.
"We want to challenge people to see what they are doing," said Tonda Booker, executive director of the community center. "It's been so long ago; we should see some results now. The event challenges people to think about what they are doing to keep the dream alive."
The event will feature a guest speaker, George Andrews, the CEO of Capital City Bank and Trust.
Organizations will also have the opportunity to share what they are doing in reference to Dr. King's dream and honor those in their organizations who are "dream keepers," Ms. Booker said.
"We're asking the community to look within their organizations to see who is keeping the dream alive. A strong leader, a strong volunteer, maybe someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty -- just a leader who is keeping the dream alive," she said.
Ms. Booker hopes that recognizing area dream keepers will motivate others in the community to follow in their footsteps.
"I want those people to rub off on someone else," she said. "I want them to be proud of being recognized as a dream keeper so that they can start sharing their vision, sharing their motivation and spread that enthusiasm about being a leader with others."
Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: "What Are You Doing To Keep the Dream Alive?"
WHEN: 7 p.m. Jan. 18
WHERE: Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.
COST: $25 in advance; $250 for a table of 10; attendance and the purchase of tables should be confirmed by Jan. 2. Call Rumame Samuels, (706) 721-9807 to confirm.
INFORMATION: (706) 738-0089
HOW TO NOMINATE A DREAM KEEPER
The Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center is asking area organizations, businesses, schools and other entities to nominate someone as a Dream Keeper for the Jan. 18 event.
For nomination forms, contact the community center at (706) 738-0089. The deadline for submission is Dec. 30.