MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fifty years ago, an American assassin tried to silence a King.
But Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality for his own children still resonates with Minnesota students today.READ MORE: 'Our Hearts Are Broken': Twin Cities Pastor Killed By Driver In Rosemount
On Wednesday, students at Burnsville High School held an open forum in a African American history class on the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination.
Many students said that King is still a prominent figure in their lives and that the issues he spoke passionately on are still relevant.
Jasmine Buckner, a member of Burnsville High School’s newly formed Black Student Union, said her father was alive during segregation.READ MORE: Woman Killed, Man Severely Injured In Home Explosion Near Tower
“Whenever he hears a speech, it brings him to tears, because he lived that,” she said.
The students said they believe civil rights and race relations have improved since King’s time, but that it’s up to them to continue his message for true equality for future generations.
“I am black and Muslim,” said student Najma Abdi. “I experience discrimination from both sides and I feel like his message of love and acceptance really helps in those circumstances.”MORE NEWS: COVID In Minnesota: State Plan To Vaccinate Kids 5-11 For COVID-19 Includes 1,100+ Health Providers, In-School Vax Clinics
The students says that social media is a new tool that people can use to work toward greater equality.