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How Rita Moreno became a social activist

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Rita Moreno’s first foray into social justice was sitting in on the March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr. “I was there when he uttered the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” she said. She continued to be a conscious activist throughout her career, fighting for Latine and women’s rights.

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(upbeat music) - My first major experience was on the March on Washington.

When I sat no less than 15 feet from Dr. Martin Luther King.

(crowd clapping) - And 100 years later, the Negro still is not free.

- I was there when he uttered the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

- We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the fifth victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.

- I loved being listened to when I was saying very, very important things that I had never thought of before.

To the Negro kids, to the Puerto Rican kids, to the Chinese kids, to every nationality, listen to this.

Wear your nationality like a flag.

Be proud of it.

Be proud you're Puerto Rican, be proud you're Negro. (crowd cheering)

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