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Updated: 02/15/2017 08:30:02AM

The struggle continues

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Rev. Louis Moore in explaining what Dr. Martin Luther KIng Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech means to him decried the "self genocide" black people are currently into and it's got to stop. He was speaking at the 17th Annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival Saturday.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Keith Werth recites the "I Have a Dream" speech at the L.B. Brown Heritage Festival Saturday in Bartow. Seated beside him is Clifton Lewis, the president of the NIC, which has hosted the festival for 17 years.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Second Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops Living History Association members Stephanie Allen, Samuel Tucker and Jackie Johnson, in rear, drove all the way from Tallahassee to participate in the LB Brown Heritage Festival and have done so for the past four years.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

God siblings Aiden Jones, 4 of Bartow, and Raven Stevenson, 4 of Winter Haven, play on a marker dedicated to George H Gause and Martin L. King Jr. at the Carver Recreation Center in Bartow Jan. 16.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Kandis Baker-Buford speaks at the MLK Essay Challenge in the Bartow Civic Center in January.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Polk County School Board member Billy Townsend speaks with Shandale Terrell at the MLK Essay Challenge in the Bartow Civic Center in January.

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Shirley Martin spoons some greens on the plate from Big JD's Grill at the Black History Month Showcase at the Fort Meade Public Library. The owner of JD's, John Graham helps feed the crowd at Soul Food day, Thursday, Feb. 9.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Soul food means black southern food and Southern food is white southern food, said Robert White when telling the history of Soul Food at the Black History Month Community Showcase at the Fort Meade Public Library on Feb. 9.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

During the Civil War emancipated slaves in Union campgrounds behind enemy lines taught school according to 2nd Infantry Regiment United States Colored Troops Living History Association president and U.S. Army SGM (Ret.) Jarvis V. Rosier, Sr. Tonja Webb and daughter Jordyn, representing the John G. Riley Museum in Tallahassee, demonstrate at the annual LB Brown Heritage Festival in Bartow Saturday.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Theresa Manning of Bartow brought her own shade to the LB Brown Heritage Festival Saturday. "We try to come out each year," Manning said while snacking on fried oysters and okra.

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Edward Young said he stayed in the LB Brown house for a year after he got married in 1979.

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Momie Dilworth poses with a newspaper photograph taken during one of the first LB Brown Heritage Festivals. Dilworth lives next door to the LB Brown house.

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Brenda Thorton, owner of Brenda's Wings and Things on Polk Street in Bartow was one of the many vendors at the LB Brown Heritage Festival this year.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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Rev. Louis Moore stood up at the L.B. Brown Festival Saturday and explained what he gets from the “I Have a Dream” speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered 53 years ago.

“We have become highly educated and highly rich and sometimes it came falling down the line. We have to band together. We have to go back and start again. We have to be examples,” he said.

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