Roberts Offers to Recite King Speech from Memory

KSAL StaffSeptember 17, 2013

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.

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