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1/20/03

Lubbock's Dr. King is Keeping the Dream Alive

"This day means a whole lot to me," said Samuel King. He shares more than just a name with the man who's life is celebrated January 20th. He shares a calling. He too is a minister, a reverend for over 25 years.

While he may not be directly related, he's felt the impact of Dr. King's life first hand. "It means freedom of speech. It means we can vote. We don't have to go into the back anymore. We don't have to set on a stool. They don't have to move the onion peelings and potato peelings out of the way, where that we can sit down and eat our meal," he said.

He was 34-years-old when Dr. King was assassinated. A full-time bus driver, just entering the world of ministry. "When he lost his life, that was devastating to just about the whole world," he said.

But before he was taken, Dr. King passed on hope. "He had already spoken of his dream. He had been to the mountain top," he said.

"I have seen the promised land," said Martin Luther King, Jr.

That sermon gave direction to a flock in chaos. "When he was taken out, we had to try to pick up the pieces, put the puzzle together, as he had already mapped it out, and use it as he had used it, and go on farther with our lives," he said.

35 years later, the Kings in Lubbock, Texas have put that famous dream into action. They're foster parents. "They asked us a question when we began to keep the children. What type of kid do you want? What color? Me and my wife said it didn't matter because all kids are God's kids," said King.

So if people ever ask what happened to MLK's dream, tell them it's alive and well, blissfully colorblind, in the living room of Reverend Samuel King.

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