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How Rita Moreno became a social activist


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.


(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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