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Anthony Graves, 36, Bismarck

Times of separatism was the guiding force of racism, and Martin Luther King Jr. understood and visualized his journey. King preached of nonviolence, equality, peace and love.

Times of separatism was the guiding force of racism, and Martin Luther King Jr. understood and visualized his journey. King preached of nonviolence, equality, peace and love.

My parents -- despite having to drink from separate water faucets, shop at the back door of grocery stores, called racial names -- believed in King's "dream" and taught me to love my neighbor.

I believe the only thing that separates us as a people is culture. As an African American, I'm the prime example of King's "I have a dream" and changing times.

I'm the father of two bi-racial daughters -- not a new race, but a combination of cultures. They have the best of both worlds, and they have the right to embrace both races. I pass the torch to them to keep King's dream alive.

Racism is a never-ending issue. King knew of his fate as a visionary. God allowed him to go to the mountain top and see the Promised Land. He knew he would not make it here with us, but as a people we will get to the Promised Land and King's memory will live on.

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We are all God's children. If the world was one race, imagine how boring life would be.

Graves, formerly of Fargo, is an inmate at the North Dakota State Penitentiary

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