While each Dream Defender joined the organization for unique reasons, they all convey a profound reverence for Martin Luther King Jr., who continues to influence them deeply. Their knowledge of King extends beyond his ‘I Have a Dream’ persona. They’ve studied his life, his speeches and most importantly, his thinking. The King that they speak of is the King who courageously opposed the Vietnam War and who sought to eliminate poverty in black communities. What follows are some of the Dream Defenders’ thoughts on King, in their words.