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More than a decade ago, Ikumi Yoshimatsu chose the famous Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech to recite at her junior high school in Kyushu and the powerful words stayed with her.

“I studied about Martin Luther King, Jr. and I so respect and was impressed by what he did,” the 2012 Miss International winner told third-graders at a New York school, recalling the difficulty of memorizing it with only an old cassette tape recording that her mother had given her.

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