“The Dream and the Reality”

Martin Luther King was a dreamer. What are the experiences that led to the development of his philosophy? It is interesting to note the events in his early life that may have changed the destiny ordained for him. We wonder if this dream is still alive after 60 years. Martin saw the worth in every human being and spent fourteen years using peaceful persuasion to try to break down the wall of hatred that had existed for far too long.

Roberta Sharper is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Coppin University, a Master’s degree from Morgan University and pursued post graduate studies from University of Maryland College Park. She was an educator for 30 years. Following retirement, she became active in organizations that provided care and concerns for persons in other countries. She traveled with Lutheran World Relief to countries in Africa, to China with People-to-People Ambassadors, and to Australia with International Training in Communication. As Chairperson of the Maryland/Delaware Lutheran Synod Hunger Committee and as Maryland Chairperson of Plant-A-Row for the Hungry, she was involved with groups that showcased the needs of the poor and underprivileged. She has been an observer at the U.N. and was a Commissioner for the Celebration of the Centennial for the Ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

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