Dreamers are immensely important, because all realities are the result of some person’s dream. Automobiles, airplanes, rockets, planes flying faster than the speed of sound, X-rays, open heart surgery and other firsts, were all the result of dreamers. Who were these dreamers? They were persons of national and international stature– Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Congressman Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Justice Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers and to others.

However we fail to give due respect and recognition to those local dreamers. A number of us could begin with our fathers and mothers, grandparents, uncles and aunts, who dreamt that we would grow up to be creditable adults with a deep sense of pride and that we would instill in our children the importance of self pride. As we look around and pay attention to the multitude of problems that our communities are confronted with the question is ongoing what happen to the local dreamers?

Some of you may have forgotten the names and others may be too young, but allow this column to enlighten you or to refresh your memory. I was fortunate enough to have known most of the local dreamers. In all probability, some readers will consider the list to be not inclusive enough, or some undeserving to be called a legitimate dreamer, but my bible states very clearly, “there are none perfect no not one.”

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