Quincy Notre Dame students in Amy Kallenbach's government class listened to excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech" and discussed the Civil Rights icon Wednesday.
Sophomore Sarah Lewis says it's good to talk about the Civil Rights Movement as not just a part of history, but an ongoing struggle.
"Even though we still know about it, it's good to definitely touch base on it that way we keep in our minds that there still is racial issues out there and we still come together as a community and put color aside," said Lewis.
Kallenbach says since high schoolers are essentially young adults they can engage in more intellectual conversations and debates about the importance of the anniversary and it's impact on race relations in the United States.
"How important today is, how it relates to today and really if everything was accomplished that he wanted through his speech and see how they can use this in the future," said Kallenbach.
And over at Stowell Elementary School in Hannibal, fourth graders listened to a story about Dr. King's life and Civil Rights mission.
School counselor Jessica Baker says with younger kids it's important to teach them the basic principles that Dr. King tried to instill on the country in hopes that his dream becomes reality.
"This will help teach diversity to the students and to understand that love instead of hate can be brought into school. It helps them make friends and develop social skills and it teaches them about our history," said Baker.