Those famous words - "I have a dream" - are still leaving an impact on kids like 14-year-old Basil Marin 40 years later.
"He wanted it to be equal for everyone. He didn't want you to look at someone's color, he wanted you to look at the content of one's character," said Marin, Boys & Girls Club member.
That's what members of the Boys and Girls Club at Simms School Unit have been doing Monday - remembering that the color of a person's skin doesn't reflect on their character.
"It doesn't matter if my friends are black or white, just as long as I have friends," said eight-and-a-half-year-old Justice Organ.
"My dad told me that it doesn't really matter if you guys are different colors, you can just get along," said 10-year-old Shauna Phillips.
Club directors say King's words fit well within the walls of the building because there are children of all different races and ethnicities that play together.
"When one person speaks up as did Dr. King so can our club members speak up and have an understanding of differences in people, but also bring other people to that understanding," said Education Director Mary Booton.
Some members said they try to celebrate King's values all year long while others just know what he did for our country.
"He was helpful and he gave the "I have a dream" speech so he was really important to a lot of people," said 11-year-old Tabitha Mitchell.
And although the world still isn't free of racism, these kids are trying to live by one simple principle.
"Everybody is special in someway and everybody is different in someway, but somehow everybody is the same," Organ said.
Club members will continue more studies about Dr. King in February when they begin celebrating Black History Month.
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Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life
- Michael King, later known as Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929.
- September 20, 1944, King began his freshman year at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
- August 6, 1946, the Atlanta Constitution published King's letter to the editor stating that black people "are entitled to the basic rights and opportunities of American citizens."
- In January and February of 1947 King's article, "The Purpose of Education" was published in the Morehouse student paper, the Maroon Tiger.
- 1948 was a busy year for Martin Luther King, Jr. In February he was ordained and appointed as the assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
- In June of 1948, King received his B.A. in Sociology from Morehouse College.
- In September that same year he began his studies at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Penn.
- May 1951, King graduated from Crozer with a Bachelor of Divinity degree, and delivered the Valedictory Address at commencement.
- In September of 1951, he began his graduate studies in systematic theology at Boston University.
- On June 18, 1953, Martin Luther King, Jr. married Coretta Scott near Marion, Ala.
- February 28, 1954, King delivers the sermon, "Rediscovering Lost Values" at the Second Baptist Church in Detroit.
- On September 1, 1954, King begins his pastorate at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.
- June 5, 1955 Martin Luther King earns his PhD. in Systematic Theology from Boston University.
- On December 5, 1955 King becomes the president of MIA, the Montgomery Improvement Association.
- In February of 1957, Martin Luther King, Jr. appeared on the cover of Time magazine, as Time’s Man of the Year.
- During the spring of 1963, King and his staff guided mass demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, where local white police officials were known from their anti-black attitudes.
- Subsequent mass demonstrations in many communities culminated in a march on August 28, 1963, that attracted more than 250,000 protesters to Washington, D. C. Addressing the marchers from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" oration.
- In December of 1964, King was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while seeking to assist a garbage workers' strike in Memphis.
- He died revered by many for his martyrdom on behalf of non-violence, and condemned by others for his militancy and insurgent views.
Source: http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/ (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University)