Jamal Webb: Palm Beach County man teaches legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. each day

Legacy of MLK lives on 50 years later

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - On the 50th anniversary of the 'I Have A Dream Speech' by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Palm Beach County man is emphasizing his strong belief that King's words are words to live by.

Jamal Webb, 26, was just 11 years old when he channeled the words of his mentor, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Webb's rendition of King's famous 1963 speech brought Webb's congregation to its feet in applause. Looking back fourteen years to that day, Webb looked at video footage from 1999, showing that moment - that speech - on this historic anniversary.

"People look at me and say, 'You are only 26, what do you know about coming a long way?'," said Webb. "I've seen us grow," he said.

"It was my duty to take those words and live by them," said Webb, who is now a 9th grade English teacher at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School.

Web teaches his students - particularly his young African American male students - that they can be anything; even President of the United States.

Webb looks back on his life and out nation's history with new hope for our future. "Now, it's time to actually live," he said. "It's time to actually be the land of the free."

Webb said he wants to help pass King's legacy onto future generations and also to his own children. He and his wife are expecting their first child in early 2014.

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