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MLK Boulevard Neighbors Remember Dr. King

Simon Lewis once owned property on Martin Luther King Boulevard. When he stopped by the old lot on King's holiday, he was asked if the Gulfport roadway lived up to Dr. King's dream. "That was the goal, right, that I had a dream," Lewis asked. "It's improved."

But 19 year old Marcus Peterson said the boulevard still has a long way to go to be a true representation of Dr. King's vision. Peterson sat on his porch and said, "I know his speech and what he said. But it doesn't seem like everybody is living up to it."

When he was alive, Dr. King talked about the beloved community, a place where poverty and hunger wouldn't be tolerated. But on the Gulfport boulevard that honors his memory, pockets of poverty and hunger still exist.

J.L. Kennedy sees the poverty all the time. He's turning a Martin Luther King Boulevard building into a warehouse. "You don't see the beloved community," Kennedy said. "You see poverty here. People don't have good jobs. People have a vision. But vision and no money."

Dr. King had a dream that one day all men would be created equal. On Martin Luther King Boulevard, North Gulfport neighbors said his dream hasn't come true yet. "Not really," said Peterson. "Because his speech, he was talking about everybody getting along and coming together. And half of the time, it still ain't happening."

John Hall is a neighborhood electrician. He said the boulevard "isn't as proud as it should be. People aren't following his dream. That's one thing I see. They aren't following his ideas."

Hall said that if people start following Dr. King's philosophy, Martin Luther King Boulevard will be a better place to live.

by Brad Kessie

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