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Roberts Offers to Recite King Speech from Memory

Associated Press - September 17, 2013 11:56 am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the 28th of August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the 28th of August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

A Kansas State Board of Education member who was criticized for using a racial slur has offered to recite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at a public discussion.

Steve Roberts, a Republican from Overland Park, said Monday he’s offered to recite King’s famous speech from memory at the event Friday. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the event is being organized by Topeka activist Sonny Scroggins to discuss the “N-word” and free speech.

Roberts drew criticism in May after he used the racial epithet at a state board meeting during a discussion on African-American history. Roberts said during that discussion that it was the 50th anniversary of King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and that King had used the “N-word” in his letter.

B Koz

September 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Black people can & do use the “n-word” anytime and anywhere they choose it seems….yet white people cannot use it at all, no matter what…is that right?
Talk about RACISM!? IT’s your typical double standard, the “pot calling the kettle black” syndrome. Actually it’s all bs….simple as that.

Fuchs Mi

September 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

You are so right but what the black president and black leaders do not understand all of this is setting the black race back 100 years. Being black myself I have seen major steps in black/white relationships improved to a point things were pretty good. But lately with all the focus and cries of racism I see everything gained falling apart. I agree that no one should use the “N” word but if the black people wish to continue use of it then anyone should be able to use it. Further my race keeps on bringing up this speech which did do some good but it has been worn out by the black leaders where everyone is tired of hearing about it..

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