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Youth recognize civil rights leader's influence (w/video)

By JR Ortega
Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 19, 2014 at 7:20 p.m.

"He is important because he helped with black people because people thought bad things about them. Like Rosa Parks, she was the same race as him, and she got thrown in jail just because she was his race, and she didn't want to move seats."

Elijah Perry

"Martin Luther King Jr. was important because he believed in civil rights. He believed just because people were a different color, that didn't mean they didn't have the same rights. Like they couldn't go to the same side of the bus, and they couldn't go to good educational schools, which he thought was not right, so he went against that, and lots of people who were like him agreed."

Kanella Cohen

"He is important because white people thought that any other color would mean that they didn't get the same rights as them. So they would have to sit in a different area in a restaurant and different areas in a bus just because of their race. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to stop that because he thought it was wrong. I think he protested, and he asked people to stop being so mean to different colors, and it worked."

Orlando Di Leo

"Martin Luther King Jr. is important to me because I think he not only freed them, but he also helped get the slaves out of slavery, and he wanted civil rights for everyone, not just the white people. He wanted to get everyone into a good school."

Avery Taylor

"I think it's Martin Luther King, and he's really important because he stopped segregation from black people going to different schools than the white people. If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be all mixed now. We wouldn't know all the people that we do, and it's just good to meet new people."

Audrey Garrett

"It looks like Martin Luther King Jr. He was important because he had this speech about slavery, I think. One of those most famous quotes in his speech is 'I have a dream.' I don't really remember a lot. He is important because he did a lot of things for our community, and he had a dream to end, what I think was slavery. I'm not for sure though."

Corinn Wallner


•  WHAT: Martin Luther King Jr. Day walk and celebration

WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday

WHERE: 1300 block of East Crestwood Drive at Dick's Food Store

INFO: To learn more, call Sandra Avery at 361-573-4187 or Gary Moses at 361-573-2853.


David Dominguez, a Yoakum poet, will recite a poem he wrote, "A Dream Come True,"at the 2014 city of San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Commemorative program.

WHEN: 9:30-11 a.m. Monday (The time he will speak is not finalized)

WHERE: Begins at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa St.

INFO: To learn moreabout the march and the program following, visit sanantonio.gov/mlk. Want to read the Dominguez' poem, visit VictoriaAdvocate.com and click on this story.

To see the other six students put to the test, visit VictoriaAdvocate.com, click on the story and watch the video.

"A Dream Come True"

In the morning of August 28, 1963 watching the sunrise, a young black minister from Georgia had been up all night working on a speech, for it was going to be a real important day, as he was working on his stride towards freedom, equality full citizenship and equal rights.

He was doing all he could.

So that someday everyone could sit at the table of brotherhood and hereafter.

His dream was that his children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Even though he had been jailed more than a dozen times because the law regarded what he was doing, to be a crime.

On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King stood alone on the balcony of a Memphis motel.

What would happen next no one could ever imagine, much less even tell.

Talking with two friends, a fellow reverend and a singer preparing the plans for the rally that night. As Rev. King asked the singer to make sure to sing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand Tonight" within moments later the crack of gunfire was heard right outside the balcony doors.

The bullet ripped through his face, as the great black leader crumpled down to the balcony floor.

They had taken his life but didn't take his soul and his dream.

The dream would come through for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

All starting back to his ancestor slaves, they would get whipped on their backs just because the color of their skin was black.

Their owners would cut half of their foot off without having any mercy or care, just because they couldn't catch them, because they ran as fast as deer.

Asking God for deliverance and freedom and the Lord of host said I will give it to thee.

So he sent them Abraham Lincoln, the beacon of light for the Negro slave that abolished slavery in 1863, and with no hesitation wrote the Emancipation Proclamation that after tonight there will be no black slaves never again and the Lord of hosts said what you are doing to them to me is an abomination. Just what do you think you're doing to my beautiful black creation.

God put his foot down and said and this is what resulted.

He who exalted himself shall be humbled and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.

Rev. King never imagined that it was not in vain that he died doing all that he could, and that not only would his children be given equal rights, but would finally sit at the table of brotherhood.

That his race's chains of steel would turn into gold, that his daughters would turn out to be such beautiful girls, that his children would become some of the most intelligent, gifted, most famous, richest, athletes and musicians in the world and have the most beautiful girls.

And now Barack Obama becoming the first African-American in the history of the world to become President of United States of America.

I can just imagine Rev. King looking down from heaven at his children with a smile on his face saying "My Dream has come true for me and all my fallen black slave seniors."

I dedicate this piece of poetry in memory of the great black leader from Georgia, to all his children all over the world.

David Dominguez

El Romantico The Love Angel

Fifty-one years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. stood atop the Lincoln Memorial and gave a speech.

King's "I Have A Dream" speech transcended time and changed lives of not only those who lived through the civil rights movement but also that of today's youth.

Students at Dudley Elementary G.T. Magnet School spend some of their year learning about the movement and how things once were, said principal Diane Billo.

"It is incorporated across the grade levels," she said.

Understanding the importance of diversity for any school is important, Billo said, but Dudley has a special stake in taking pride in that diversity.

Last year, the school celebrated its 50-year anniversary and took a look at the school's roots. The school was named after Dr. Charles A. Dudley, a black physician who - like King - fought for equality.

Dudley had a firm hand in the civil rights movement, helping establish the George Washington Carver Civic Council, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

He even worked closely with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's attorney Thurgood Marshall, who later became a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice.

Showing how King and Dudley were alike really helps enrich the students' sense of belonging and understanding, Billo said.

"They are amazed that things like (segregation) happened," she said. "They're in awe that there was a time when those freedoms weren't freedoms."

To better understand how students understand King, the Advocate put 12 Dudley fifth-graders to the test by showing them a photo of King and asking who the man in the photo was and why he is important.

Each student got the answer right.



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