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In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, a small group of Boys Town students gathered to hear two of Boys Town’s own address the idea of courage in Dr. King’s life and legacy. 

At the end of the presentation, Boys Town youth had the opportunity to ask questions. One wondered why Dr. King had chosen the idea of a dream as the basis for his famous speech. Listen for a moving testament to dreams and children from Tony Jones, Director of Boys Town Alumni Services in the video below.


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To dream is to imagine. What something could be like. Dream is a big word. I think Dr. King used that work because it's what we all do. It connects with us. You may have fallen asleep last night and had a dream. You may be sitting in your classroom and you're day-dreaming. I think that Dr. King used that word because it paints the picture of what society could look like. I changed that word from could to should look like. That image that we're all taught that is so deeply rooted in our constitution, we hold these truths to be what? Self-evide​nt – that ALL men are created equal.

So, when you the take the word dream and put it into the atmosphere like he did, it connects with people. It allows people to see that this dream can be reached. And, I firmly, strongly believe that we will one day live out Dr. Martin Luther King's dream, because of who? You all. You all are our future. You all see the word see the world so differently than what myself or Mrs. Washington or Mrs. Anderson and the other adults in the room, you all see it so much differently than we did growing up.

I see in my own son, he has kids that come over and visit, spend the night at our home. They are African American, they are Caucasion, they are Asian, they are Arabic, they are whatever they are. See I think I see the dream coming alive. I see it. So I think Dr. Martin Luther King used that word dream, and I'll say it one more time, because we can connect to what a dream truly is.​​