School Kids Imagine Martin Luther King Jr. as a Presidential Candidate

Fourth- and fifth-graders share their thoughts on what the civil rights leader would say today in a campaign speech.
3:14 | 01/18/16

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Transcript for School Kids Imagine Martin Luther King Jr. as a Presidential Candidate
And this morning of course we are celebrating the legacy of martin Luther king Jr. With a special tribute from some very thoughtful grade school students. We have more on that. Good morning linsey. Good morning. What better way to celebrate martin Luther king Jr. Than through the eyes of our children. The Texas fourth and fifth graders who competed in the competition. When asked what the presidential campaign might look like what they came up with was remarkable. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land! His words moving a nation. That promise land inspiring generations. If Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. Were to run for president today I believe he would say this in his speech. We are a nation of promised and a land of opportunity. My brothers and sisters, I challenge you to keep the dream alive and uplift one another. We have made progress in this 21st century but we have not overcome. There is more that must be done. White and black lives must matter. Hispanic lives must matter. Native and asian lives must matter. All lives must matter! I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don't know each other. They don't know each other because they don't communicate and they don't communicate because they are separated. Today's youth asking if king's message can build more bridges. I am -- if Dr. King were running for president how would he treat me and my family just because religious pleas aren't the same. Everybody sees differences. We should all come together. All races. All cultures. If there was one thing our nation's kids would tell Dr. King -- Thank you. Thank you for helping me be able to understand the right and the wrong things to do in our nation and our society today. Thank you for being a role model to me and all of the people around the United States of America. Thank you for everything. For making our world a better place. And one of the young Muslim girls that we heard from, her speech was spoken in air Bick saying you have to follow your dreams. The only way they will come true and that quote was her own, not his. Some kids were so profound and say they are inspired by Dr. King, his dream certainly seems to live on with them. They have that same fire in their bell live and even the delivery was kind of like that rhythm that he had. It was amazing. You can tell the words are theirs. They feel it. Not only were they mimicking his speak pattern, you could see they understood exactly what they were saying they believed in. I thought that was fantastic. Goose bumps just watching it. It was in Houston and Dallas. It should be everywhere. Absolutely.

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