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More than 50 residents from Meck Co. recite 'I Have A Dream' for YMCA prayer breakfast


Off the beaten path at a South End production house, some of Charlotte's best known faces and everyday folks are echoing the historic words that changed a nation.

The coveted words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream speech are being recited by more than 50 people from Mecklenburg County.

The reenactment brings together a busy production schedule for the YMCA of greater Charlotte. Molly Thompson is among those overseeing the project.

"We hope this will be something to encourage people to think. We hope that it will be to encourage people to have dialogue to bring some togetherness."

It has linked former mayors of different parties.

Former Charlotte Mayors Harvey Gantt and Richard Vinroot stood side by side.

"The notion that we're trying to live out Martin Luther King's Dream, which brings us all together, which we are all created equal and that we can build a better society," Gantt said.

Vinroot agreed, "We've always had a community that thought that way and that wanted to do what was right by your fellow man."

Georgia Kreuger was there on behalf of the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.

"It is as relevant today, as it was when he first delivered it," she said.

The final cut of the recording sessions from this moment in American history will be unveiled at the city's MLK prayer breakfast sponsored by the McCrorey Branch YMCA in January.

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