6-Year-Old MLK to Give Speech at 'I Have a Dream' 50th Anniversary

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6-year old Ashton Young's big break came in January, when he was chosen by his teacher to recite Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech at Steward Chapel AME Church after Macon's MLK Day rally.

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The 1st grader wowed the audience with his booming rendition of the speech and got crowds on their feet.

Since then, he's given the speech around Georgia, including for civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton during his visit to Macon in February.

"I love all the attention from the whole thing," Young says.

Now in second grade, Young's parents recently got a call for him to give the speech again at an event in Louisville, KY.

It's part of national efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous speech, which King gave during the March on Washington in 1963.

"They're rolling out the red carpet for him," his mother said.

Young says he originally used YouTube videos of King to practice, but now has the speech completely memorized.

As for the future preacher, he says he hasn't gotten tired of the speech yet.  When asked when he thinks he'll stop, "probably when I'm 14."

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