Dream Big

February 21, 2020
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In his speech at the March on Washington, in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. described his dream for the nation and the urgency of taking action. TIME for Kids wanted to know: What’s your dream? We asked young people to tell us what issues and causes they believe in. Here are some of their many inspiring responses. Thank you for sharing your dreams.

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I have a dream that all violence and war goes away so all people and animals are safe. I have a dream that all people can have good food and clean water. I have a dream that all people can have a good education. I have a dream that all people can feel safe and protected wherever they live or work. —Caeli B.-G., 9, Louisville, Kentucky

I stand up for the global climate because I want my great-great-grandchildren to have the same childhood as I have. We need to act now! —Adam T., 10, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I don't think anyone deserves to be bullied. Instead of bullying, why don't we stand together? —Natalie R.-C., 11, Lakewood, California

I stand up for love and family. We all need love. —Tristan S., 16, Titusville, Florida

One day, I hope when we look at each other, we just think, "human." Instead of thinking about our differences, we should think about the things we have in common and come together as humans. —Ameenah C., 11, Yellow Springs, Ohio

I have a dream that one day women all over the world will be treated equally. Women are strong, independent, brave, amazing, hardworking people, and everyone should know that. —Layla E., 9, Ann Arbor, Michigan

*Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

*Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified two of the students. Their names have been updated.