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MLK Speech Comes Alive Through Students

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By: Courtney Collins

Watkins Elementary School students in D.C. are doing their best to embody Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision.

These fourth graders are completely embracing his message.

In small groups or on their own, fourth graders at Watkins Elementary recited by heart a piece of King's famed speech.

They recreated the entire oration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the very place where King spoke about his dream for humanity.

Teachers say the students learned their parts quickly, but more impressive was how quickly they embraced King's message. Kellin Jeffries says we have King to thank for much of what we enjoy today.

"We should remember his legacy because if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be able to be friends," Jeffries says.

The students ended with their version of "We Shall Overcome" -- a new take on a timeless mantra.

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