Dr. King's Dream: Tampa residents on how far we've come, how far we have to go

Where does the dream stand? Tampa residents answer

TAMPA - In every major American city, you will find a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. street, drive, expressway or in Tampa's case, a boulevard, created in 1989.

On it, you will find businesses, schools, and parks. It is where we live, work, and play.

It is also where I found Norma Baynard filling up her car at a gas station.

When asked about Dr. King's "dream" and how far we have come, this is what she had to say.

"Things are getting better. I was 11-years-old when that march took place," Norma would answer.

But she explained there is still a long way to go complete his journey.

"Just be more accepting. And I'm saying this for myself as well as others. Learn to be more accepting of others and know that everybody comes from a different place, but it doesn't have to be a bad place."

Dr. Samuel Wright has been a strong voice in the Tampa community with the NAACP for 28 years.

He see things much like Norma. Things have improved but we still have a ways to go and it starts with all of us.

"I would think that we have to look at all people as God's people and work towards a unification of America... and I think when that happens we'll see that we are the strongest nation. A much stronger nation then we have been in the past."

For Olivia Freeman, who was at a park just off Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, her dreams centered around her baby daughter. 

"My dream for her would be to grow up in a good neighborhood. To finish school. One day to have a very good job. And to own her own house."

That is a dream, just as Dr. King's, that should be universal with all of us.

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