Willie Montgomery, City Council member Diane Travis, City Mayor Gail Ash, Tim Murry, and City Manager Darren Gray

by Michelle Delaney, SOUTH LAKE TABLET

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. He believed that all men were created equal. He believed that a man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by his character. He believed that no one should be treated unfairly or judged differently because of his/her social or ethnic status. Martin Luther King shared a universal dream.

Tim Murry and Willie Montgomery

Tim Murry and Willie Montgomery, life-long residents of Clermont, strongly believe in the dream of Rev. King and want to preserve his dream and legacy. For that reason, they recently appeared before Clermont City Council to ask that a segment of Bloxam Avenue be dedicated in memory of Rev. King and an annual parade be held in his honor.

On Monday, January 21, there was a sign dedication on Bloxam Avenue officiated by Clermont Mayor Gail Ash. The ceremony was followed by a parade to Clermont Waterfront Park, where the day continued with fun and celebration.

Mr. Montgomery recalls that as a child he witnessed racial bias and social unrest in Clermont and because of the effort of Rev. Martin Luther King and Harry P. Moore, the citizens of south Lake County are living the dream.

Martin Luther King Jr. would say, “love, not hate, will make America great.”

“For here on either side of the wall are God’s children and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact.”  

Martin Luther King Jr.

(referencing the Berlin Wall on his visit to Berlin in 1964)