16-year-old Brendien Mitchell has studied and recited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech for 6 years and brought on a roar of applause from those who attended Governor Rick Scott's Reception ... But Mitchell will never have to live in such times ... and he has the man of the hour to thank.
Governor Rick Scott says, "I grew up in the 60's so I remember reading about Dr King and I remember what people said and I remember living in a neighborhood where there were almost no minorities."
Newly elected officials met at the governor's mansion to honor King, saying he laid the foundation by fighting with dignity, determination and peace.
Attorney General Pam Bondi says, "He dedicated his life to fight for our constitution. The basic rights that are guaranteed to all of us."
"His work, his direction, his vision paved the way for me to stand before you as the first African American Female Lt Gov." says Jennifer Carroll.
Leaders say the work is not over.. and if MLK Jr. were alive today, he would say we should not only be living the dream but setting the right course for future generations.
Representative Alan Williams says, "He would say we've fallen a little short on the political rhetoric and the tone we have in our communities. And we need to make sure we set an example for our children because what they see is going to set the bench mark for them for decades to come."
Governor Scott and Lt. Governor Carroll also made a promise tonight (1/17) to leave Florida in a better state then when they met it.