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Douglas Wilder: We Shouldn't Wait for Another MLK

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Virginia's first African-American governor says the fight to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream is still ongoing.

Douglas Wilder says people shouldn't wait around for another galvanizing figure like King, but rather take action now.

"We've got to now re-dig the wells that our fathers had dug. We've got to make certain that when they run dry, we fill them back - not to wait for another King to come forward. That's not going to happen. This was not a one person march," Wilder said.

He says progress requires the participation of everyone, acting together to create stronger communities. And while many view government as the most important way to impact change, he says real progress requires something more.

"You can pass all the laws that you want, and you can spend as much money as you want," he said. "Those things alone are not going to do it. There has to be commitment."

Wilder says the main focus of King's dream - a focus on education - still holds true today as the primary means of positively impacting children and communities.

He also notes that King was not nearly as popular in 1963 as he is today. In fact, Wilder says, even some African-Americans opposed King's methodology at the time. But he says that should be a lesson not to seek popularity, and instead to seek what is right.

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