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MLK Day speaker reflects on status of American dream

Remembering the American dream was the theme of guest speaker the Rev. Angelo Chatmon’s message during Monday afternoon’s service remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the First United Baptist Church, Gloucester.

The annual Martin Luther King Day service was sponsored by the Gloucester Union Relief Association of Missionary Baptist, and included the support of a number of different churches in the area. Another local King Day service, scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Mathews, was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Chatmon, pastor of Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church in Richmond, served as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, from 1985 until 1996. He is now director of university and church relations, as well as University Pastor, of Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Chatmon began his message Monday afternoon by reflecting on King’s July 4, 1965 “The American Dream” speech that he delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. In that s...

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