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Reverend Troy F Harrison

from Martin Luther King Day Address
January 2009 | First Baptist Church

There's a struggle going on 
yet  dreams
never die.
It is in the midst of struggle
that dreams become a reality
It is in the midst of struggle
   that dreams take on new meaning and
   provide new hope for those who are oppressed and struggling
Dreams never die.


But not just in our nation
do we experience injustice, corruption,
but even in our own community.


There's a struggle 
                going on.


And what we have to come together as a community and understand
is that Chapel Hill is -- is not just
           the historic district
Chapel Hill is not just
           the elitist district
but Chapel Hill is composed of Ridgefield
                            and Rogers Road
                            and Northside.


And decisions and policies that we make
       ought to embrace dreams.
Dreams of a better place
       -- and a better time
       -- and a better situation
for all of Chapel Hill.


And the dream is embodied in each of you who are under the sound of my voice.
. . .
It is important that we come together
                              as a community
To speak out and to continue to cry loud and spare not,
be the voice of crying out in the wildreness for righteousness
and justice,
in the face of       injustice
when there is      environmental injustice      in our community,
I say to you
        don't let the dream      die . . .
Like Doctor King, I too have a dream.


My dream is embedded in the vision
                 that God has for his world,
that the faith community
would be his -- his kingdom building agency
          that will eliminate injustices
          that would kill racism
          that would stop economic
                                   in this country.
I have a dream.
I have a dream that people will still be judged by the content of their character
                                                       and not the color of their skin.
Because let's think about it as we think about gentrification
and this -- this progression of sustainability


Sustainability as defined by who?


What has sustained this community
         is the cohesiveness of brothers and sisters working together


What has sustained this community
         is churches working together and lifting the voices of the angels
         and the archangels


What has sustained this community
                has not been brick and mortar


What has sustained this community
                has not been an influx of greed


                                What has sustained this community has been faith.


Faith in a God that never fails --
Faith in a God who will always see his people through --
Faith in a God who will always stand by the oppressed
And the downtrodden


That's what has sustained this community.


And I would dare anyone who would challenge me on that definition
                                                                of sustainability.


But what we need is faith
       in a God who is unable -- to fail.
What we need is faith
       in each other.
And what we need
                is love,
                love for
                        -- all God's creation.