Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. (Photo: AP file photo)
Tampa, FL -- Fifty years onward, the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech continues to live in generation after generation.
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University of South Florida freshman Adrian Dixon shared what King's speech stands for.
"Declaration for everyone to just come together as people and not have it be about race, but it would be about equality and just treating people the way you would like to be treated," said Dixon.
Lana Hines also remembers learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech when she was a young girl. Hines explained that we have come far from the past, but admits there's still a long way to go.
The senior said that King's legacy has helped her get through some of life's toughest times.
"It really stuck with me and we would hear about it every year and just learn more about him and his life and his legacy," said Hines.
Ellen Fuerst hopes for the same things when it comes to equality.
"It's all about inclusivity, I think it's about connecting with people and being open to new cultures and just sort of being willing to appreciate other people's beliefs while still maintaining your own," said Fuerst.
Fuerst's time studying abroad has given her life experience and taught her more about people than she'd ever imagined.
"I think we have a lot of work to do." said Fuerst. "I think we are going in the right direction."
Students at USF say that King's words will continue to inspire them in the future.