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Enloe freshman recites King's speech from memory

Posted February 18, 2011

— A 14-year-old Enloe High School freshman has captivated people with his ability to channel the passion and spirit of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From memory, Adrian Bullock recited King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of people at the Triangle MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast last month.

Bullock said that King's speeches are as relevant now as they were during the civil rights struggle.

"I believe, and my teacher told us, without a past, there is no future," he said. "If we just remember the past and where we've come from, we can have a better future."

Bullock said his family feeds his insatiable need to know all things about King.

"By the time I was in fifth grade, I had read every last Martin Luther King book," he said.

Bullock's own future is promising. His grades are good, he's on his high-school debate team, and he wants to be a preacher when he grows up.

"Then, also, I want to go to law school and be a representative one day," he said.

Enloe freshman recites King's speech from memory Enloe freshman recites King's speech from memory

In the meantime, Bullock's family is bombarded with requests from him to recite King's famous speech.

As good as he is, Bullock admits he can be nervous before giving speeches, like last month at the prayer breakfast.

"I was a little afraid, but when I got up there and I started speaking, I liked it," he said.

Bullock said he steadies himself by imagining three people who have his back: his grandfather, his pastor and King.

"They just get me along," he said. "I envision them standing with their arms folded and saying, 'That's Adrian.'"

Adrian Bullock, a ninth-grader at Enloe High School, re-enacts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. 01/17: Enloe student re-enacts 'I Have a Dream' speech

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  • alx Feb 18, 6:37 p.m.

    These comments are all posted by a bunch of arrogant people. This is an intelligent young man who has dreams and goals. If he was out stealing or kiling you would also have something to say! What does this one means and what gives you the impression that he's going to grow up and be a womanizer and adulterer?? Why because he Black.. How arrogant....

    fact is he was a womanizer & an adulterer... he also cheated on his doctoral dissertation... nothing was mentioned about race.. only the facts were stated. if you cant handle the truth please dont cry racism.

  • mrcrosbys Feb 18, 5:09 p.m.

    These comments are all posted by a bunch of arrogant people. This is an intelligent young man who has dreams and goals. If he was out stealing or kiling you would also have something to say! What does this one means and what gives you the impression that he's going to grow up and be a womanizer and adulterer?? Why because he Black.. How arrogant....

    chrissywillis

    With your lack of ability to use the English language, what make you think you know what intelligent is?? by the way, it is spelled "killing"

  • whatelseisnew Feb 18, 4:51 p.m.

    "chrissywillis - Apparently you are unaware of some of King's shortcomings. That is what prompted those comments.

  • chrissywillis Feb 18, 4:28 p.m.

    These comments are all posted by a bunch of arrogant people. This is an intelligent young man who has dreams and goals. If he was out stealing or kiling you would also have something to say! What does this one means and what gives you the impression that he's going to grow up and be a womanizer and adulterer?? Why because he Black.. How arrogant....

  • whatelseisnew Feb 18, 4:19 p.m.

    I am not at all impressed with memorizing a speech. I am impressed though that this young man is doing all the right things to make sure he has a good future.

  • mrcrosbys Feb 18, 4:19 p.m.

    who cares. It was a boring speach back then and is less stimulating now

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Feb 18, 3:05 p.m.

    Hey WRAL, the news in WI is not important enouhg, that you have to print this dribble?

  • lovethesouth1 Feb 18, 3:05 p.m.

    I quoted about 10 Shakespearean sonnets for lit class in high school and didn't make the news. Darnit.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Feb 18, 3:04 p.m.

    Stop dreaming. Set goals.

  • stomachmonkey Feb 18, 3:01 p.m.

    Whoop T. Doo

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