Martin Luther King III, human rights activist and son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., appeared on a special Web edition of NBC News’ “Meet the Press: Press Pass” Sunday to share his views on the status of the dream that his father spoke about in his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.
King said, “I actually view his dream as not being realized yet.”
Elaborating, he explained, “Elements of it have been achieved, particularly as it relates to the notion of poverty in our nation,” citing the growth of people in poverty from 20 million in 1963 to over 60 million people in the United States.
His father, he did concede, “would be so proud of the progress that has been made. But he would be challenging us, because when we look at the difficult numbers in relation to youth unemployment —employment in general in our nation.”
“We’ve got to figure out what to do in the next 50 years to make our nation a greater nation,” King said.”
David Gregory, moderator of “Meet the Press,” asked King, “What is the modern-day struggle over civil rights? Where do you think that conversation has gone?”
“That conversation I think until just recently did not exist much,” King said.
He explained, “In the last two months, we’ve seen the Voting Rights Act gutted and we’ve seen a verdict in the Trayvon Martin case that at least has brought people back to the table to talk about issues around race.”
“We all have a responsibility. A chain is only as strong as its weakest links. We need to come together as a community -- not just a black community — as a community to resolve these issues.”
Watch the full interview in the video above.