San Francisco students to hear Obama's speech at Morehouse

May 13, 2013 8:55:02 PM PDT
Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech. Now a small group of middle school students from San Francisco will travel to King's alma mater, Morehouse College, to mark the anniversary and to listen to President Barack Obama deliver the commencement address at that all-male, predominantly black university.

They are only in eighth grade, but Charles Ransom and Trevor Richard are thinking about their future. In two days, they will travel to Morehouse College in Atlanta to witness 500 young black men graduate.

"Obviously, if you are going to college or Morehouse, any type of college, it has to take commitment," said Ransom.

The most exciting moment for them will be hearing Obama deliver the commencement address.

"It's a big privilege. Not too many people get to do what I get to do," said Richard.

"I'm going to try my best to stay calm and try not to scream, 'Oh, it's Obama!'" said Ransom.

They will also visit The King Center and Ebenezer Baptist Church where King preached.

Thirteen students from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in San Francisco will make the trip. They are part of a program called Students of Promise which is helping to close the achievement gap of some minority students.

Robert "Bob" Ivory is the program director and one of eight chaperones traveling with the students.

"I think it can only enhance our students to know that your zip code doesn't dictate where you are going," said Ivory.

He says they may not end up at Morehouse, but they are on track for college.

"I'm thinking, actually, I want to go to Stanford," said Richard.

The cost of the entire trip is $24,000. While many organizations and people have helped to fund the program, they are still short.

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