SAN DIEGO -- Tuesday marked the 55th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech.
Martin Luther King III commemorated one of his father's most famous speeches at the San Diego-Mexico border by delivering a speech of his own.
In his speech, King III addressed immigration issues and denounced the treatment of immigrants and their families.
He was joined by his wife, Andrea Water King and their 10-year-old daughter, Yolanda Renee.
Yolanda also gave a heartwarming speech of her own in Spanish addressed to Chula Vista elementary students.
King sat down with FOX 5's Maria Arcega-Dunn and talked about why he chose the border wall to remind Americans about his father's dream.
"His words apply," said Political Activist Martin Luther King III "It was mostly about not treating one segment of society, one ethnic group unfairly. Treating that segment of society with dignity and respect. As we should treat all people with dignity and respect."
He says he hopes to unite a country divided.
“He would certainly I believe be greatly disappointed," said King. “Because he and others fought to rid our society of barriers. He fought for civility, respect, dignity, and the way that we are operating today does not bode well in that vein. It’s really unconscionable."
King says he agrees that our borders must have legal process, and should be secure. However, he hopes to create a collective consciousness when it comes to the inhumane treatment of immigrants, men, women and especially their children. Ensuring people of all races, religion and status are treated with dignity and respect.
"We all understand the nature the notion of terrorism, so there has to be a constructive method of people coming into our country but putting up walls and building more walls to me that is going backwards," said King.