'Be The Dream' symposium honors MLK, teaches valuable skills to local teens

'Be The Dream' symposium honors MLK, teaches valuable skills to local teens

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Hundreds of Mid-South teenagers got a head start on honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Area students spent their Saturday at the Cannon Center learning valuable job skills, and some history about the civil rights movement.

"Everyone needs to be prepared because if you're not prepared how do you know how to get into something without learning it first," said London Gulyard.

The eager students were the focus at the second annual Be The Dream symposium honoring Dr. King.

U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton was the guest speaker and encouraged kids to strive for the best and give back to the community. The symposium featured role playing where teenagers received instant feedback about their interviewing skills.

"We're talking about interviewing, we're talking about the etiquette, we're talking about resumes and applications," said James Nelson, Office of Youth Services

Mayor A C Wharton and his staff organized this event as a way of continuing Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream. Students like Mathieu White also came to learn more about the civil rights movement.

"I hope to learn a greater understanding of not just martin luther king but the civil rights movement as a whole and I hope to understand what it stood for in a greater aspect and just gain more knowledge because knowledge is power," said White.

Be the Dream Activities continue at 9 a.m. Monday with a Commemorative Celebration at the historic Mason Temple, the place where Dr. King delivered his final speech.

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