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Young friends in Charleston, WV reflect on 'I Have a Dream' speech

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Friends Ryauna Calloway, Seara Lester, Arianna Edwards and Skyla Casto. Friends Ryauna Calloway, Seara Lester, Arianna Edwards and Skyla Casto.
CHARLESTON, WV -

Students in many classrooms talked about the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 'I Have a Dream' speech. At Mary C. Snow Elementary in Charleston, WV students spent time in the library watching video of King's speech. The librarian, Debbie Cannada said it is important to her to make sure that students continue to study the speech. She was 2-years-old when King first delivered the words in Washington D.C.

On the 50-year anniversary of the speech, students Ryauna Calloway, Seara Lester, Arianna Edwards and Skyla Casto took time to reflect on how King's words have influenced their lives and their friendship.

"He said I have a dream and his dream has came true because we all are very close friends," said Seara Lester. 

The girls are all in the 5th Grade and say the color of their skin is irrelevant when it comes to their friendship.

"I'd only be with white people and that is not fair," said Skyla Cast on. "I think black people and white people are good together. I think us four as friends is a really good thing."

The girls said even though they think progress has been made in the last 50 years they hope those words live on.

"I think it has come through in some parts of the world. But in other parts of the world people aren't getting treated the way that Dr. King thought that they would," said Arianna Edwards. 

Had they been alive 50 years ago, when King first gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech, the girls said they would have wanted to see it in person.

"I love my friends and I wouldn't just walk away," Casto said.