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Elijah Miles inspires with his speech on Baltimore

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Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the day Dr. Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech.

And Baltimore teenager recently gave a speech about his own dream for the community. Elijah Miles' heartfelt speech is going viral, with nearly 18,000 views.

Elijah said people always told him to do well in school as a ticket out of Baltimore. His motivation to escape is why Elijah thinks some kids never come back.

His best friend was murdered when he was 14. His mother struggled with drug addiction and he admits he almost became a drug dealer.

“They talked about my neighborhood as if I was in hell, and only way to get out of hell was through education,” he says in the video.

But Elijah loves his home and wants to make it better for the next generation.

He thinks the key is changing his peer's perceptions of their surroundings.

“Better than teaching them to hate where come from and have hope where going,” he says. “Motivation will come from deep faith inside that says it doesn't have to be like this.”

Elijah is headed to Morgan State this fall, but vows to return after that to be a positive role model for young people in the neighborhood.

“I think someone has to stay and make it better and not just someone,” he says. “A lot of people have to stay and make it better.”

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