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Michiana residents share thoughts on 50th anniversary of "I have a Dream" speech


Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have A Dream" speech.  A celebration was held steps from the Lincoln Memorial to mark the occasion. 

So how far do people in Michiana think we've come in the past 50 years?  We stopped by the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend to talk with program specialist Alma Powell.
Powell said living as a minority in America still presents significant challenges.  "When you look at economic trends, when you look at education you can see that we have not reached Dr. King's dream, but we certainly are steps ahead from where it was when he gave his significant speech 50 years ago."

History Major Muhammad Shabazz agrees.  He said there is still a lot of work to do as far as economic equality.  And he said Dr. King would be concerned about immigration reform if he were alive today.  "Are we living his dream?  I could be living his dream, but there are millions and millions of other people that are not living his dream, and with that being said, if there are millions not living his dream, I'm not living his dream."

Workers at the Civil Rights Heritage Center say it's important to study and learn from the past. That's why they work with children every day to teach important moments in the Civil Rights Movement.

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