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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Bishop Felipe Estevez congratulates Kyrah on her inspiring speech.
Bishop Felipe Estevez congratulates Kyrah on her inspiring speech.
January 10 Interfaith Prayer Service

Third-grader Kyrah Simmons gave an inspiring and well-delivered speech at the Interfaith Prayer Service honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The theme for this year's service was "Together through fellowship we learn--and then in friendship we teach."

This is Kyrah's message:

Many years before I was born Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a very important speech.   In this speech he said, “I have a dream that little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers.” I think that Dr. Martin Luther King was telling us that his dream was that all children should be friends and get along as friends.

I believe that it is good to have friends that are different from me. When I hang out and share things with my friends who are different, it’s like my eyes pop open to new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking.

Having many friendships not only teaches me respect but gives a good example to other children to get along and respect each other.

When I was preparing this speech I thought about two 8th grade girls in our school who come from very different backgrounds and who are very good friends so I asked them about their friendship.

They said that they learned what they value in life goes above and beyond the color of one’s skin. Both of the girls value education and help each other to study because one is good in Spanish and the other is good in Math.

Just because somebody has lighter skin doesn’t mean that they don’t want to be your friend. Jesaily is my friend and she is Puerto Rican. She came new to our school and we weren’t friends until I learned about her.

If all people would learn more about each other there would be more friends in the world!

 

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