How Rita Moreno became a social activist
Rita Moreno's first foray into social justice was attending the March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr. "I was there when he uttered the 'I Have a Dream' speech," she said. She continued to be a conscious activist throughout her career, fighting for Latine and women's rights.
- My first major experience was on
the March on Washington.
When I sat no less than 15 feet from Dr. Martin Luther King.
- And 100 years later, the Negro still is not free.
- I was there when he uttered
the "I Have a Dream" speech.
- We can never be satisfied
as long as the Negro is the fifth victim
of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.
- I loved being listened to
when I was saying very, very important things
that I had never thought of before.
To the Negro kids, to the Puerto Rican kids,
to the Chinese kids, to every nationality, listen to this.
Wear your nationality like a flag.
Be proud of it.
Be proud you're Puerto Rican,
be proud you're Negro. (crowd cheering)
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