POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson reflects on 'I Have a Dream' speech

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has been an inspiration for U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.

On the 47th anniversary of the speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Johnson, who represents parts of Lilburn and Norcross, said the country has “a long way to go in fulfilling the dream,” but progress has been made.

“Martin Luther King Jr. is the embodiment of sacrifice and spirit that helped lead us to become a better society, a better nation and world,” Johnson said in a statement. “Today is a time for introspection. A time to ponder who we are as a people, a time to ponder how we go forward together in unity and love and reject the forces of division and hate.”

He described the 1964 March on Washington as “truly one of our nation’s finest hours.”

“It was a beacon for who we want to be as a nation and a guidepost to move us forward,” Johnson said.

Weber named to PSC

State Sen. Dan Weber has a new job.

Weber, a Republican from Dunwoody, did not seek re-election in his district, which includes the Peachtree Corners area.

But on Friday, the chairman of the Senate Education and Youth Committee, was tapped for another role that impacts schools.

He was named to the Professional Standards Commission, which grants certification to Georgia teachers and investigates complaints.

Forum scheduled for Thursday

After a three week rest after the primary runoff, the 2010 election season will be back in swing with a candidate forum from Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) and Atlanta 9 to 5.

The invited candidates include the gubernatorial hopefuls and those from U.S. House District 7, and state House Districts 102, 103 and 106, Senate District 5.

At the 6 to 8 p.m. forum Thursday, the candidates are expected to address issues such as tax reform, business development, work and family policies, unemployment, immigration, education, the environment and nuclear arms, an e-mail said.

The assembly, part of a 2010 Get Out the Vote Campaign, will take place at New Mercies Christian Church, located at 4000 Five Forks-Trickum Road in Lilburn.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.