TODAY | August 24, 2013
>> thanks very much.
>>> dreaming of kids around the world living in harmony. has the dream come true ?
>> reporter: at the city pool in cincinnati, ohio. these kids tell you they are living part of dr. king's dream.
>> we can all play together, drink the same water and go to the same water fountain .
>> without him, we would never be able to do that.
>> we hope one day everybody can speak willing and fairly.
>> reporter: on a hot summer day, we got nine young students 12 to 16 years old to talk about a way of life in america they have never known. when hundreds of thousands marched on washington for jobs and freedom and martin luther king jr . threatened to change things, peacefully.
>> i have a dream. my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. i have a dream.
>> reporter: even though none of them have heard the whole speech or studied his life in depth, they have strong opinions about the man and his legacy.
>> i want to know how he could take all that punishment and all the anger people took out on him.
>> reporter: on why dr. king is important.
>> i never experienced a racial incident. i have never been through that.
>> he made it possible for me to go through a privileged school.
>> reporter: on equality. do you think everybody is equal and treated the same?
>> sometimes. sometimes not. depends on where they are.
>> reporter: if dr. king were here today, what would you say to him?
>> thank you because i appreciate all the things he has done for us.
>> i would just love to hear him speak.
>> free at last. free at last, thank god almighty , i'm free at last.
>> would love to see him in action and participate in what he's doing and support it.
>> reporter: a new century of dreamers living what dr. king hopes 1963 would not be an end, but a beginning. nbc news, cincinnati.
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