Dr. Clayborne Carson, of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Standord, was 19 years old during the historic civil rights march on Washington. On this MLK Day, Dr. Carson joined Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss on the Morning Answer to talk about his experiences and thoughts 50 years later.
Brian Whitman asked Dr. Carson if he thought there had been progress in the last 30 years since MLK Day was made a holiday, simply because we made a holiday out of Dr. King’s legacy.
“I think it was kind of like King’s role himself,” responded Carson. “He was a symbol of something much larger and I think the holiday is a symbol of something much larger. The holiday to me is a symbol of the struggle to realize the ideals of this country – that were discussed in the Declaration of Indepdendence.” Carson went on to explain that’s what King was talking about the check that was written by the founders of the Republic when they promised this nation was going to be dedicated to these ideals of equality.
Elisha Krauss then asked Carson what is the most important message that should come across as parents talk about MLK Day with their kids.
“I think that it should be that this is not just a holiday for black Americans. This is a holiday that made the entire nation more free and more just and I think that needs to be emphasized because probably more women have benefited from the…Civil Rights Act of 1964 then black Americans have benefited from it.
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