Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s oldest son, Martin Luther King III, reflected on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the legendary March on Washington. He told Andrea Mitchell Reports guest hosts Chris and Kathleen Matthews that while clear progress on race relations in the U.S. is evident, the country still has a long way to go.
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Americans will gather to commemorate the peaceful protest where more than 200,000 demonstrators made a very pubic call for job opportunities and equal rights. A rally in the spirit of the 1963 demonstration will be held on Saturday “to petition the government to address some of the serious issues,” King said. “It’s still, unfortunately, it really is jobs, justice and freedom,” King said.
“When we look at what has happened over the last two months, whether it is the gutting of the Voting Rights Act or the Trayvon Martin decision, many in America [are concerned],” King said.
“But the reality is, if we could find a way to put America back to work, especially young people, we could begin to address some of the serious issues that exist in our nation 50 years later.”
Watch the interview with Martin Luther King III below: