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MONROE La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walked up to the podium at Lincoln Memorial in Washington to speak about his dream.

Students at ULM expressed their thoughts on where King's dream stands in 2013.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is an icon and inspiration to millions of people.

He took the stand in front of thousands 50 years ago, and they listened.

Chelsea Wyatt a student at ULM said the speech means equality is something for all.

"We can all come together and be one. We don't have to say that white people can only make it here, black people can make it here, Chinese people can only make it here. We're all in this melting pot together," said Wyatt.

Wyatt said she sees the affects of the speech here.

"It's not much of a separate thing anymore were all working together and we're putting for the foundation that Martin Luther King and many others have left so that we can travel that same platform and keep that legacy going that he left behind," said Wyatt.

but Wyatt also said northern Louisiana still needs some work.

"We as black women, young adults, we have to work 10 to 15 times harder to succeed in life," said Wyatt.

She said that's because rules were set for African Americans in the past.

Frank Galloway is also a student at ULM.

He said people still make assumptions about him based on color.

"It makes me feel like my skin is my sin but really my skin is your sin because you're missing out in a young person that is trying to better them-self," said Galloway.

Wyatt and Galloway said we are getting closer to racial equality in northern Louisiana but only time will truly make it a reality.

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