Occupation: Retired North High math teacher.
Lived the last 50 years in: Fairlawn, Bath Township.
Dr. King’s message: The way I interpret it was for the black people. He challenged them to go on ahead and get an education, get in the workforce and compete for jobs. I think he delivered a pretty good speech. That wasn’t the speech he was to deliver that day. He had another speech scripted for him to read but he decided to go with I Have a Dream. I thought it was a good dream as well as a good speech.
Accomplished: When Abraham Lincoln created the Emancipation Proclamation back in January of 1863, that was the first step. And the next step was 1963 when Martin Luther King delivered his speech. In 150 years, we really haven’t reached our goal yet. I think we are approaching it but we aren’t there yet.
Yet to be done: He would probably think that we haven’t gone far enough as far as the whites accepting blacks and blacks accepting whites. We haven’t done enough to make a harmonious relationship. I think we have a long ways to go. I would go back and look at the boys in school and try to get them to envision a life that is better for themselves — to become family men and become good workers in society.