Elementary school students lend their small voices to King’s big dream

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., students from Washington, D.C.’s Watkins Elementary gathered Friday to celebrate what has become an annual tradition. Each year the fifth grade students study and reenact the “I have a Dream” speech the late Civil Rights leader gave during the March on Washington in 1963. The children gather in the same place King did on that warm day in August, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Looking out at the Washington Monument, the children recited the different portions of the speech that they have learned over course of the school year. The event celebrates the diversity of Watkins Elementary and reminds us of the arduous fight to pioneer Civil Rights legislation in America.

This is a time honored tradition for the fifth graders at Watkins. We were there in 2011 when that class recited the speech: