After 40 years, Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream is a work in progress. The man who delivered his dream of encouraging and challenging the nation to embrace each other was saluted with a special brunch Saturday.
During this time, community members celebrating the man famous for promoting equal rights were torn whether or not, 40 years later, King's dream has indeed come true.
"I'm not sure how to answer that," said Sandusky resident Rita Jones. "In some ways his dream has come true, but in other ways, the African American population have totally and completely turned in the wrong direction."
During the brunch, hosted by the Sandusky Citizens Coalition, two high school students shared their views, and Perkins High School senior Chelsea Abrams words were similar to Jones' theory.
"I believe Mr. King's dream is deeply rooted in the American dream," she said. "We have a long way to go and difficult days ahead of us."
Abrams went on to list the growing incarceration of African Americans--taking up almost three-quarters of the jail population-- employment statistics, the disaster in New Orleans and the black on black crime.
"Forty years later," she said. "Is it still a dream? If he were alive today he would applaud us for the accomplishments we have made, but we have also let him down."
Abrams said her only hope is for all races to continue joining hands as there are men and women of all color fighting for peace together and dying together each day.
"We have lots of work to do, but I'm optimistic," she said. "We shall over come it someday. You habe one direction in which you can go, and it's up."
Andre Masters, a Fremont resident attending the brunch, said he can only hope people will take a longer look at King's speech this year and truly start living the words.
"One's mans dream started a revolution," he said. "We need to continue to capture that dream. I believe we have become a little more comfortable with diversity and it'll start growing on everyone."
Sandusky senior Jarvis Cole Caston said he feels we are slowly working toward the dream King only hoped for and with a little work, we can fulfill that dream.
"It is a reality, now, not a dream," he said. "One of the things I love about Sandusky is the variety. It's not just blacks or just whites. Overall, I think we have overcome that obstacle and we're finally embracing one another."