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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Every year we wonder how far we've come since Martin Luther King, Junior's push for civil rights. It seems with each passing year, further than the year before.

This morning the Washington Wizards hosted middle and high school school athletes for a discussion about King's dream.

Southlakes High school basketball players Emani Holland, who has brown skin and Paige Barlow, who is white, were there. Emani says they are friends for life. And the fact the two can sit together and play together is not lost on them.

"Without him we'd still be segregated, since we live in a diverse community now, it wouldn't be like that today," Barlow said. "They didn't want people to be interracial and that's surprising... like today that wouldn't be acceptable in our communities."

The students and panel assembled at Verizon Center agree sports is the place where blacks and whites can be together as Martin Luther King envisioned.

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