MLK's Niece: There's Still Work to Do

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Friday is the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
    
Even though America has its first African American president, Dr. King's niece, Dr. Alveda King, recently told CBN News there is still work to do to achieve his vision of equality.

In the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech" to a crowd of more than 200,000 August 28, 1963.
   
It is considered to be one of the greatest speeches in American history. 

"I was blessed enough, being the first of our generation of children born to Martin, to my dad and to Christine, the sister.  So I was the oldest.  So I actually got to go on civil rights marches. I had a chance to be arrested fighting and speaking out for freedom," King told CBN News.
    
Alveda continues to follow in her uncle's footsteps.
    
She travels the country speaking out against the injustice being done to unborn babies through abortion.  She said can hear her Uncle Martin's voice along the journey.

"No human beings are perfect, but what makes us a blessing to others, and what made Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a blessing to the world is his love for God - his ability to say 'yes' and to raise that prophetic voice on behalf of those who were less fortunate," Alveda said.
    
Alveda said America has made progress in the 46 years since her uncle's most famous speech.  The election of the country's first black president is one indicator that the country is inching closer to his dream.

On the 'Beer Summit'
    
However, there are also signs there is more work to be done.
    
Alveda pointed to the recent beer summit where President Barack Obama met with black Harvard professor, Henry Gates, and the white police officer, James Crowley. Although she - and many people - still aren't sure exactly what lessons were learned from the "teachable moment." 

"We have been saying for a very long time that racism is a problem in America, and that racial profiling does exist," Alveda said.

"There is something called 'white privilege' and we must deal with it.  This is a point that many people have been making for a very long time.  And yet, so people expected it to happen because now we have a brown-skin president in the White House, so everything is alright now, and they are shocked everything is not alright now," she said.
  
As people pause to celebrate the words of Dr. King, his niece urges them to read the word that inspired him. 

"Dr. King was so convicted by the word of God.  And if you hear all of his sermons, you won't hear it in historical speeches, but all of his sermons will show you his foundations," she explained.
   

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