Speech from Dream Defenders’ Phillip Agnew was scrubbed from MLK anniversary event

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Members of the Dream Defenders who recently staged a 31-day sit-in at the state Capitol experienced a very disappointing moment at Wednesday’s commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington.

Their executive director, Phillip Agnew, was scheduled to speak for two minutes during the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial.

But as he prepared to walk on stage as the next speaker, Agnew was tapped on the shoulder and told his speech was cut from the program. He would not get the chance to speak to the nation.

So he recorded his speech, posted it on YouTube, and vowed that a movement of young people will not be silenced.

Agnew is urging others to record their own two-minute video to describe their dream for America’s future and post it to Facebook or Twitter.