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The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Pitts preaches during the annual Martin Luther King Day celebration at Antioch Baptist Church in Culpeper Jan. 21.

Pitts: America must be 'color blind like God' By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer America must learn to be color blind like God, to help fulfill the mission of Martin Luther King Jr. That was the message of Dr. Kenneth L. Pitts, pastor at Beulah Baptist Church, during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Antioch Baptist Church Jan. 21. Without Dr. King, Pitts said that he wouldn’t be standing at the pulpit today, preaching to a diverse group of faces in the crowd - each there to honor America’s commitment to remembering and honoring Dr. King’s dream. “America literally has many faces,” Pitts said. Pitts spoke about the many races and the stereotypes associated with them, pointing out that appearances aren’t always what they seem. “We are all the faces of America,” Pitts said. “Recently I read the speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote called ‘I Have a Dream.’ Sometimes you have to go back and look at things to get the true meaning of what he was trying to tell us. Sometimes, dreams do come true. Dr. King’s dream was

embedded in the American dream. “Yet in our country recently a lot has transpired giving way to an assortment of emotions. Jubilation, revelry, anger and anxiety for others. Depending on how we see things, many of us are scratching our heads, dazed and confused, clueless about what our future is going to hold.” Pitts, retired from the U.S. Army and having served as a pastor since 2007, spoke about growing up in the deep south in Florida and the instances of segregation he faced - having attended a segregated church and school. “We live in a country with many faces that has many different nations under God,” Pitts said. “I came to realize this country was divided, that it only offered liberty and justice for those who were of a desired race and had enough money to purchase it.” While that sentiment has changed, there still is a deep divide in our nation. “In America we have evolved to a place where we don’t just see the color of the face in front of us because of our desire to chase the American dream,” Pitts said. “The only color that matters in America now is green and how much you got of it.” ➤ See MLK, Page 7

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