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Mississippi Office of Renewal and Recovery
Tonight as I sit here with over a thousand people at the Congress of Racial Equality annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s great contributions to the promise of America, I am filled with pride and a sense of duty and service to help fulfill the dream.
This evening not only serves as an evening to reflect upon the past and honor those brave pioneers who made sacrifices, some the ultimate sacrifice, to ensure that America realizes her true potential.
This evening is the eve of a momentous occasion in our nation's history. We remember the marches for freedom in our not-so-long-ago past. Now, time will march on as America celebrates the hope that people can judge others by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.
Dr. King once said, "I may not get there with you, but we as a people will get to the promised land."
As we approach that promised land, we should keep in mind our work is never complete, but we should smile from ear to ear and rejoice in the moment of hope. America will continue to renew as we build on the lessons of the past and reach for the dreams of the future.
I too have a dream, and so should we all.
Editor's note: Nic Lott is Director of Special Operations in the Mississippi Governor's Office of Renewal and Recovery. He was the first African American student body president at Ole' Miss.
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