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SALISBURY, Md. - Miasia Bryant isn't old enough to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but she gives him a lot of credit for what her life is like today.

"He is the reason why I'm here," Bryant said.

She was one of hundreds of kids in the area who had the day off, but didn't sleep in. They
packed the Civic Center Monday morning to pay tribute to the civil rights leader through speeches, dance and song.

"It was pretty cool," Bryant said, after performing with her dance group on stage. "I like coming here and celebrating him."

On what would have been his 85th birthday, the event was also a time for an older generation to share it's achievements with a much younger one, about a time most kids could never imagine.

"It probably wasn't easy," said young Sauntiee Simmons. "It was probably very hard... colored people weren't be treated right."

Mary Curtis remembers that time.

"Now you can have anything you want to have," she said. "But back then, you couldn't have anything. Nothing. But now all colors are together, everyone gets along."

Fifty years after the famous "I Have a Dream" speech and the March on Washington, the legacy of Dr. King lives on, through a new era of thankful children who are determined to succeed.

"I actually think that was very nice of him to do," said Simmons. "He was trying to fight for our country to get equal rights so our country wouldn't be living in hatred."

"I want to keep on dancing and one day own my own dance studio," said Bryant. "I have a lot of faith in myself and a lot of people have faith in me."

Curtis has some advice for them.

"It was rough," she said. "So I would tell them to get an education for themselves
and better their lives."

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