WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On Monday, people who live along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem took a moment to remember Dr. King’s legacy and dream.
“A lot of things have changed from my generation as a young girl,” said Demetras Friday, a life-long resident of the East Winston-Salem community which MLK Jr. Drive travels through.
“We are making history with this generation,” Friday said.
The community has battled poverty and crime, but has made a lot of progress by reducing crime and attracting new businesses. While they recognize the advancements, some life-long residents worry about the youth.
“They need someone to guide them,” said Russell Davis, who fears younger generations are ignoring opportunities that were thought to be impossible for African-Americans just a few decades ago.
“A lot of kids are having kids and they have no guidance,” Davis said.
Other young adults are embracing the opportunities.
“Many folks like myself would not have half the opportunities we do if it weren’t for Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and Dr. King taking the action and the abuse and having courage,” said Lonelle McDonald Sr., a recent college graduate now working in management.
“I’m so grateful to my country, man and my God that those doors remain open,” McDonald said.