As he stands proud at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication ceremony with his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity hat and shirt on, 66-year-old Matt Green reflects back on when he was in the presence of Dr. King.
"The entire campus was electric when he came. Everyone was enthusiastic. The biggest thing he was pushing at that point was education,” Green tells BET.com.
Though he was only 21 at the time and a student at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, North Carolina, Green says that day, and today, are times that he will never forget.
Similar to Dr. King, Green is an Alpha man. He was in Washington, D.C., today to support his fraternity brothers, who helped to make the memorial possible, and pay tribute to the man that helped to shape his life.
“I don’t think many of us would have our jobs or the opportunities that we have, but there’s a lot of work that still has to be done,” he says. “There’s an effort to entrench and take away certain rights, such as voter ID laws, which, to me, look like the poll tax.”
Among the thousands in attendance, many like Green agree that the fight must continue and as President Obama said at the ceremony, "our work is not done."
“Having a monument means that the opportunities are still here in America. We just have to fight for them and continue to fight for them. We can’t relax. We can’t have what I call 'fake prophets' come along and try to dispel the dream. We must press on,” Green said.
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