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14 photos that'll make you believe MLK's dream came true

Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:41 PM ET

In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said he dreamed that one day, "little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as brothers and sisters." Certainly we still have a ways to go to achieve true equality in America, but has that part of his dream, at least, come true? 

Cindy Boecking
Cindy Boecking
Cindy Boecking writes: "My son and daughter, brought together through adoption. We are grateful for MLK and what his life has meant for so many families like ours."

Take a look at these photos and decide. We asked readers to share photos of their children reflecting the ideal of Dr. King's vision: children of all different races playing together.

My three sons
Jenny Laisle
Mom Jenny Laisle of Oklahoma City writes: "My three sons."

For many families out there, Dr. King's words have literally come true. Their children come in all different skin tones, and join not only hands but hearts.


My 3 children are 3 completely skin tones and they do not see any difference in each other. It's a beautiful thing:)
Mairéad Brennan
Mairéad Brennan writes: "My 3 children are 3 completely skin tones and they do not see any difference in each other. It's a beautiful thing."
Chassidy Satterfield
Chassidy Satterfield
Chassidy Satterfield writes: "Sweet siblings! Blessed!"


Kristine Wach VanOrden
Kristine Wach VanOrden
Kristine Wach VanOrden's three children.


Cindy Rohwedder
Cindy Rohwedder
Cindy Rohwedder writes: "My three beautiful children."

Other parents proudly sent in photos of their children playing with friends of other races. 

Lydia Arnesen Seabron
Lydia Arnesen Seabron
Lydia Arnesen Seabron writes: "My daughter with her BFF."

While in Dr. King's day these interracial friendships may have been unusual, even taboo, especially in places where segregation was the law of the land, today these photos and the friendships they reflect seem totally unremarkable.

We don't see race, or color, just friends having fun. All of our babies are of mixed races.
Andrea Rael Lerner
The children of Andrea Rael Lerner with the children of her best friends from high school. "We don't see race, or color, just friends having fun."

Thanks to everyone who sent in wonderful photos of children doing what comes naturally to them -- judging others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. We should all follow their lead.

Christine Nance writes: "Best of friends since birth. Kameil Ava & Rylie Jane."
Christine Nance
Christine Nance writes: "Best of friends since birth. Kameil Ava & Rylie Jane."
They see nothing but friends...the way it should be!
Carolyn Higgins Savage
"They see nothing but friends...the way it should be!" Carolyn Higgins Savage writes.
Best friends and gymnastics teammates!
Jen Appler Myers
Jen Appler Myers writes: "Best friends and gymnastics teammates!"
My son and his friends at his "superhero" birthday party!
Suzie Paden Vargo
Suzie Paden Vargo writes: "My son and his friends at his "superhero" birthday party!"
 Children show us the way we ought to be with one another without bias. However, the reality is another.
Ketsy Alexander
Ketsy Alexander writes: "My two girls Makayla and Kamyla with their friend Marco having a picnic after a trip to the zoo ... Children show us the way we ought to be with one another without bias. However, the reality is another."
Jody Hubbard Tavanese
Jody Hubbard Tavanese
"Besties," writes Jody Hubbard Tavanese


Have a good Martin Luther King Day, everyone.

Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at the march on Washington of August 28, 1963:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Click here to read the full text of Dr. King's speech from the march on Washington.

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