Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 24, 2013

Crowd gathers to celebrate 'Living the Dream' on King Day

The Andover Townsman

---- — About 125 community members gathered at Andover Baptist Church Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and enjoy a community brunch.

As part of the celebration, six Andover Baptist Church members and one friend delivered “Living the Dream Short Monologues,” giving examples of how the dream talked about by King is being lived today. People spoke of how they were standing on the shoulders of their ancestors.

“I was very satisfied with the turnout of the Andover community. We host the Martin Luther King event expressly to open our doors to the greater community and it was very pleasing to share this MLK holiday with our neighbors and fellow citizens of Andover and surrounding towns,” reported Pastor Lyndon A. Myers.

While staying with the theme of “Living the Dream,” Keynote Speaker Charles E. Walker Jr. shared how the achievements of his father, a World War II Tuskegee Airman, have allowed him to “live the dream.”

Walker was one of three speakers who has a relative who served as a Tuskegee Airman. Alisha Myers delivered a short monologue where she spoke about her great-grandfather, also a Tuskegee Airman. Ralph Cornelius Bledsoe spoke about his uncle, a Tuskegee Airman Medical Corpsman. Bledsoe then gave a powerful delivery of “I Have Been to the Mountaintop.”

Following the celebration in the church, a soul food brunch was held downstairs at the Andover Baptist Church. The food was a hit, and church members expect soul food to be a part of next year’s event also.