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New generations of students reflect of historic 'Dream' speech

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Updated: 8/28/2013 6:18 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago and new generations have grown up facing the world he spoke of.

As some of these young people prepare for the world, especially while attending college, we met some who believe the speech still resonates today, five decades later.

Those we spoke to say progress has been made, but the state of attaining Dr. King's dream is still a "work in progress".

"We've done leaps and bounds helping people get into college and things like that, giving certain groups certain chances to be just as successful versus putting them on the backburner or hearing their story at all," said student UNLV Darien Holland.

Holland still believes racism is alive but is subtle, yet just as potent.

"Racism I don't believe, won't be in the form of white sheets or swastikas, but I believe it would be in more the form or legislation being passed," Holland said.

Looking at current events surrounding racial tension, UNLV student Desire Galvez says parts of this speech for the most part could have been given in 2013.

"What's been going on in the Trayvon case, what happened then. that was one huge case. There are a millon other cases unheard of and stuff that happens in schools and just everyday life that people look up to that speech and can use it as kind of a methaphor and inspiration," Galvez said.

Students also say this younger generation tends to be more accepting of differences than in decades past.

"I think it's really declined to the point where I think people are voicing their own opinions now instead of listening to people older," said UNLV student Jake Dolby.
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