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Wed August 28, 2013

Castros Join National Celebration Of MLK's 'Dream' Speech

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech -- American Latinos are also reflecting on their struggle for civil rights and how King's dream is still alive for them.

As part of the day-long celebration on the National Mall on Wednesday, San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro will be taking the stage along with other civil rights leaders and President Barack Obama.

Castro is the only Latino who will deliver remarks during the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony. He says King's speech still resonates today for all Americans and for immigration reform activists called DREAMers.

"Martin Luther King's vision was of course essential to the African-American community but I think also extended beyond that," Castro said. "And we see that in his relationship with Cesar Chavez in the 1960s for example. And so when we talk about the DREAMers - the DREAM Act students - we really are talking about an extension of that dream."

Castro's twin brother, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, is also taking part in the event.

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