Tyndall Elementary School students re-enacted the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I have a dream" speech.
The entire school participated in the commemorative social studies lesson on Friday morning.
Students joined hands and sang "We Shall Overcome" as they Marched on Tyndall to the P.E. Pavilion.
Fifth Grade student Victor Delagarza took the podium to recite Dr. King's speech to the student body. Dozens of his classmates stood behind him, raising signs.
"For me, it felt like I was really in the March of Washington," said Delagarza.
"He is the epitome of what that speech said," said Circuit Court Judge Elijah Smiley, of the 14th Judicial Circuit. "These kids are the essence of Dr. King's Dream."
Judge Smiley, the event's guest speaker, said he hopes Dr. King's message carries on beyond the day's celebration. He encouraged students to create their own dreams.
"My message to the kids that I think is the essence of Dr. King's dream is that every person will have the opportunity to reach his or her maximum height, that is an opportunity to be successful," said Judge Smiley.
First grade students also performed a song in Dr. King's honor. Others portrayed famous African Americans in a living museum.
All Bay District School students are out of school on Monday and Tuesday for Dr. King's birthday.
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