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Leaders say nation has a long way to go

Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 01/17/06http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=4412f7d45e933556&page=all Melvin Williams is director of the office of equal opportunity and diversity at the University of Texas Medical Branch. “There are still a lot of problems that I’m sure he thought would have been gone by now,” Williams said of King. The scenes in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina illustrated those problems, he said. “We marginalize too many people, and those are often people of color,” he said. For Williams, though, the issue is not so much about race. “In his later years, Dr. King realized that the struggle was really for people living in poverty,” Williams said. Williams said he hoped people would treat the King holiday as more than a day off. “I hope they use it to reflect on exactly what Dr. King wanted for our society,” he said. “If people really reflected on that, I think it would make it easier for us to achieve what we need to achieve.”



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