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Area leaders assess the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.

Area leaders assess the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.

POSTED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:33pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:44pm

Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and speaking out against racism seen every day are two easy ways to move forward the dream of Martin Luther King Jr., civic leaders said as they looked forward to today’s holiday.

“A way we could change is if we developed relationships outside of our comfort zone ... outside of our box,” said Lamar Jones, pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Hallsville and chairman of a Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration committee. “If we would work harder to build relationships during positive times, it would help communication during the difficult times.”

Pastors, elected officials and Longview residents said they were grateful for steps taken toward unity in this area and across the nation since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. But they agreed there is room to improve.

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