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by Sarah Phipps Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm •  Published: July 11, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2483" align="alignnone" width="532" caption="Kittakone Sirisombath, 4th grade, poses for a pictured at Millwood Arts Academy, 6700 Martin Luther King Ave., Monday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"]<img class="size-large wp-image-2483" title="MLK project" src="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/files/2010/01/MLK025-532x365.jpg" alt="Kittakone Sirisombath, 4th grade, poses for a pictured at Millwood Arts Academy, 6700 Martin Luther King Ave., Monday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" width="532" height="365" />[/caption] Millwood Arts Academy fourth-grader Kittakome Sirisombath can rattle off the ending to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech as if he wrote it himself. He memorized it, not because a teacher or parent told him to, but because he feels it is important to learn black history. He said he is free today because of the struggles and works of the civil rights leaders and it is important to understand their plight in order to keep their hopes and dreams alive. Learning the "I have dream" speech is the 9-year-old's way of continuing the legacy of Dr.King. Watch Sirisombath read the speech below. See Sirisombath and his classmates Santa Randle, Maygen Fisher, DeJaMarie, Cameron Batson and Mekale Chapple read the speech together<a href="http://newsok.com/mlk09"> here</a>

[caption id="attachment_2483" align="alignnone" width="532" caption="Kittakone Sirisombath, 4th grade, poses for a pictured at Millwood Arts Academy, 6700 Martin Luther King Ave., Monday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"]<img class="size-large wp-image-2483" title="MLK project" src="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/files/2010/01/MLK025-532x365.jpg" alt="Kittakone Sirisombath, 4th grade, poses for a pictured at Millwood Arts Academy, 6700 Martin Luther King Ave., Monday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman" width="532" height="365" />[/caption] Millwood Arts Academy fourth-grader Kittakome Sirisombath can rattle off the ending to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech as if he wrote it himself. He memorized it, not because a teacher or parent told him to, but because he feels it is important to learn black history. He said he is free today because of the struggles and works of the civil rights leaders and it is important to understand their plight in order to keep their hopes and dreams alive. Learning the "I have dream" speech is the 9-year-old's way of continuing the legacy of Dr.King. Watch Sirisombath read the speech below. See Sirisombath and his classmates Santa Randle, Maygen Fisher, DeJaMarie, Cameron Batson and Mekale Chapple read the speech together<a href="http://newsok.com/mlk09"> here</a>

I had the privilege to get a great assignment, covering the IFYR.

It was an excellent environment for action and feature shots and so far, my favorite assignment.

See more from IFYR here.

-Garett Fisbeck

Justin Garrett Sibley of Perryville, Ark. falls off of a bull in a Bull Riding competition during International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee Monday, July 11, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

Austin Walock of Denham Springs, La. takes a moment to pray before competing in bull riding, Monday, July 11, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman


by Sarah Phipps
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Born in Missouri, Sarah Phipps graduated of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Mass Communication and French in 1999. After an internship with the St. Joe News-press, Sarah moved to Oklahoma for a full-time job at the...
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