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Beloved Community Roundtable revisits MLK's dream 50 years after his assassination

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A Community Conversation at E.C. Glass High School focused on where the fight for civil rights stands 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

A panel of city and state leaders weighed in on Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community," while centering on the topic of "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Chuck Moran, who shook Dr. King's hand at E.C. Glass more than 50 years ago, was among the panelists.

"It's about pulling people together. It's about stressing the importance of 'there is opportunity, if it's not stolen away from us,'" said Lynchburg Mayor Treney Tweedy.

The roundtable is one of 12 the Virginia MLK Memorial Commission is holding statewide in locations Dr. King visited, and part of the King in Virginia Project.

"We are not there yet with our children, but as good bus drivers, we gotta continue driving that bus," said Lynchburg City Schools Superintendent Dr. Crystal Edwards.

"Students, they're not just sitting back and watching chaos erupt in our country, they're actually creating organizations and clubs," said Manan Shaha, a University of Virginia student.

The panel discussion ended with members of the audience weighing in.

They all agreed equality and justice are still just Dr. King's dream, but most important, it's a dream still in progress.

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