At Just 4 Years Old, This Latina Already Read 1,000 Books & Delivered MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech


Most preschoolers would struggle to read Martin Luther King Jr’s poignant “I Have a Dream” speech, but Daliyah Arana is not most 4 year olds. Because the half Mexican girl has already breezed through more than 1,000 books, one school in Georgia entrusted her to deliver the activist’s words to celebrate his birthday. They likely saw the YouTube video of her flawlessly reading “The Pleasure of Books” – a college-level text written by William L. Phelps that includes words like punctiliousness. Her mother, Haleema, gave her the text as a reading challenge.