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MLK's 'Dream' 50 years later

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"I have a dream!"

A lot has changed since those important words were spoken.

FOX News contributor Jehmu Greene says it's hard to look at our President and not feel that we've made some major strides since 1963.

"There are so many other markers besides just electing an African American president. The numbers of African American men who are attending college has tripled. The numbers of jobs that African Americans have been able to find have definitely increased," Greene said.

Torin Archbold is a successful car salesman with seven kids and he's adopting another.

Archbold is with the Austin Tea Party Patriots.

MLK's speech has played an important role in his life.

"If you listen to it, Martin Luther King is saying...the constitution is written. It's a great document. Let's adhere to it. Let's follow the constitution. Let's have the constitution be the same thing for all people both black and white. The 'Jim Crowe' laws thwarted the constitution but [what] Martin Luther King said was 'I want to cash the check the constitution promised on black people' and that's why it's the greatest speech of all time," Archbold said.

Both Greene and Nelson Linder with the Austin NAACP believe there is still work to be done.

"That original speech, that original march was about the march for jobs and freedom and we still have a lot of work that needs to be done when it comes to the pursuit of jobs, the pursuit of...as Barack Obama said, every American has the same dream. They want a decent job, they want healthcare, they want economic security," Greene said.

"In Austin today, there's a huge wage gap between blacks and whites with median income. With that kind of disparity, that means racism still exists so it's a different thing but still that gap exists. Until we have equity in society and equal opportunity, guess what? These things are gonna happen," Linder said.

Archbold feels we've come a very long way.

"The thing is we're there. If you're a black person with an education that has a skill, you're making as much or more money than a white person. So it's not as a matter of your skin is stopping you from doing anything. What stops you is your education level, how much you buy into America. If you don't buy into what this country has to offer, you're not going to get what this country has to offer," Archbold said.

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