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HBO Releases 'We Are the Dream' Trailer That Highlights Students Delivering Messages Inspired by MLK's Legacy

Joe Akins
Jan 27, 2020
04:00 A.M.

In celebration of the great hero Martin Luther King's day, HBO releases a trailer for the documentary "We are the Dream," which gives an insight into black culture.

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February is an exciting month; not only is it the month for the celebration of love, but it is also the Black History Month, and a lot of people are excited about what the month holds.

To honor the black history month, "HBO" is set to release a documentary on the MLK Oratorical festival with the title of the documentary being, "We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest."

Boy speaking in the documentary, "We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical" | Photo: YouTube/HBO

Boy speaking in the documentary, "We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical" | Photo: YouTube/HBO

WE ARE THE DREAM

In a recent trailer released on YouTube by HBO, the documentary showed children and parents gearing up for the Oratorical Festival. The kids briefly talked about their experiences and their preparation for the fest. One of the participants said:

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"I was kind of nervous, but I took a big poem and did my poem."

The trailer showed competitors preparing and mounting the stage to deliver their poems, write-ups, and recitations about Martin Luther King Jr.

Girl speaking in the documentary, "We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical" | Photo: YouTube/HBO

Girl speaking in the documentary, "We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical" | Photo: YouTube/HBO

OAKLAND ORATORIAL FEST

The documentary tracks students in Oakland as they prepare for the 40th annual festival, rehearsing their speeches, and dreaming for a spot in the finals to discuss subjects they find fascinating.

Others include Mohammed, 12, who talks about growing up Muslim in America; Karunyan Kamalraj, 9, who describes how Dr. King's teachings helped inspire his speech about his native Sri Lanka.

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The MLK Oratorical fest is a deep-rooted tradition that has held in Oakland for almost forty years to honor the life and dream of freedom fighter, Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967 | Photo: Getty Images

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967 | Photo: Getty Images

SPECTACULAR KIDS

The documentary is going to focus on some sensational kids who have come up with new poems and issues to address.

One of the kids in the film is an eloquent nine-year-old, Gregory Payton, who delivers passages from Dr. King's iconic "I've Been to the Mountaintop."

Others include Mohammed, 12, who talks about growing up Muslim in America; Karunyan Kamalraj, 9, who describes how Dr. King's teachings helped inspire his speech about his native Sri Lanka, and 10-year-old Donovan Edwards, who talks about social media's positive effect on society to lift people up.

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Kids speaking in the documentary, "We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical" | Photo: YouTube/HBO

Kids speaking in the documentary, "We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical" | Photo: YouTube/HBO

ANTICIPATE "WE ARE THE DREAM"

"We are the Dream" features the Oakland Unified School District's MLK Oratorical Festival in California - one of the many oratorical competitions that take place in communities across the country.

The documentary debuts February 18 on HBO in commemoration of Black History Month.

Emmy winner Amy Schatz produces the film. And it is executively produced by Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, Amatus Karim Ali, Mimi Valdés, and Julie Anderson.

It will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO, and partners' streaming platforms.

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