Watch: Elementary school students read MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, January 16, 2012 9:02 EDT
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A fourth grader from Watkins Elementary School reciting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech on Jan. 15, 2010. Image: Screengrab via YouTube.
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To celebrate the man who moved America, whose life was cut short by an assassin just as he’d begun a campaign to fight poverty as he tested the waters for a possible presidential run, fourth grade students from Washington, D.C.’s Watkins Elementary School gathered on a recent Martin Luther King, Jr. day to recite his famous “I Have a Dream” speech for a crowd of onlookers.

After watching the students’ rendition of the speech that changed America, watch Dr. King’s original oration, below.

This video is from The Washington Post, published Jan. 15, 2010.

This video is from historical footage of Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech and rally in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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