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Memories of MLK on President Obama's Inauguration Day


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. The celebration of his life falls on the same day as President Bbama takes the oath of office.

As the nation swore in its first black president for the second time, 79-year-old Jim Sorrell says that dream has finally come true.

"That means a whole lot. He brought history out. He also brought out that you can be what you want to be," said Sorrell.

Even if what you want to be is President of the United States, a dream he says even Dr. King may not have had 50 years ago. Sorrell watched President Obama become president once again. He knew he was once again a witness to history.

"It was history being made again. It was just like this history of this lady on the bus," said Sorrell, speaking of Rosa Parks.

Memories of the Jim Crow Era, a time when our nation was defined by black and white, are memories Sorrell says he'll never forget. Even though we've come far, Sorrell says there's always room for more progress.

"I still say we still have a dream..." he says.

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