Beyond “I Have a Dream”

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“Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

What do all three of those quotations have in common? They’re all the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – the man who emerged as the foremost leader of the movement for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s.

Dr. King is also the man who delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1963. And that’s how a lot of kids think of him today – as the “I Have a Dream” guy. But Dr. King did a whole lot more than just dream.

On Sunday, February 13, “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” will look deeper into the life and legacy of Dr. King – and the example he sets for kids today, 43 years after his life was cut short.  It’s a special report called “Beyond ‘I Have a Dream.’”

You’ll meet Brian – a kid from California who plays music for senior citizens and collects money for his local food bank.

“I hope that everyone in our community will eventually feel that community service is not just beneficial to the community but also beneficial to themselves,” he says.

There’s Will – a boy from Arkansas who won’t say the Pledge of Allegiance until gay people are truly included in the phrase, “Liberty and justice for all.”

“It’s just basic principles of fairness,” he says.

There’s Vanessa – a girl from Oregon who believes that all kids have the right to be U.S. citizens, even if their parents came to this country without the government’s permission.

“In order to get what you want, you need to persevere,” she says.

And there’s Kevin and Kofi – two kids from New Orleans who’ve discovered the power of music.

“It’s about love over hate,” Kofi says.

Dr. King had a lot to say. Think about how you can put his words into action as you watch “Nick News:  Beyond ‘I Have a Dream.’” The show premieres Sunday, February 13th, at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on Nickelodeon. (If you live in a different time zone, check your local cable TV listings to find out when the show will air in your community.)

After all, to paraphrase another quotation, if you will it, it’s not just a dream.