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Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to Southeast Kansas students

Liz Holliday

November 30, 2012

A lucky few young people from Southeast Kansas high schools got a chance today to meet a person with a family tie to a national hero.

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spoke to the students on how to ensure her uncle's dream survives.

Dr. Alveda King continuously tours the country with her uncle's messages of religion, civil rights and how the dream can survive.

"I have children and now grandchildren and I enjoy helping them and helping children across America and the world to just realize they are special, they're precious, and I want to see them succeed," says Dr. King.

Dr. King told the students that the future is now and that she hopes they follow their dreams.

"We help the young people to realize their goals and their dreams, the best potential that they have and the dream will survive if we allow the children to survive," Dr. King says.

Only select students with high GPA's and great attitudes were invited from Southeast Kansas high schools to come hear Dr. King.

Students we spoke with say it's surreal to meet someone with such an important historical tie.

"I was actually kind of astounded," says Courtlynn Rose of Independence High School.  "We were like 'really?'  There were only a few of us that got to go so we were really happy and glad that we got chosen."

"It's moving how far our country has been and where the students are in high school today and what's going on with different students," says Kenton Blich of Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville.

"I took away that it doesn't matter who you are or what color you are, just keep doing what you're doing and make sure you just try to be successful in life," says Jeremiah Lawrie of Independence High School.

Dr. King says she agreed to talk because it involved what she called the future of the dream, teaching America's children to make smart choices and to never give up on their futures.

For those interested in hearing from Dr. Alveda King firsthand she will be speaking this Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Parsons at 11 a.m.

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