MLK still having an impact on the future

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - On Monday we celebrate the life and lessons taught by Martin Luther King, Junior.  The day is often one of remembrance and reflection but it is also a time to look to the future and what we can do to make it better.

"He continues to be an inspiration," said Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer is an Assistant Professor at ASU.

Four decades after the death of Martin Luther King, Junior his influence is still being felt.

"Things are much better than they were.  I couldn't possibly have the life I have forty years ago," said Schroer.

She said as a country we are continuing Dr. King's mission, an accomplishment seen much more in the past year.

"When we voted Obama into office we made a commitment to having a different picture of black folk than we've had for a very long time," said Schroer.

She says having President Barack Obama in the highest office in the country is making a big difference in the struggle against racism.

"It does open the possibilities for young black men to have a different picture of what their future what their possibilities could be," said Schroer.

While there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the road to equality in this country, things are a lot different than they were in the 1960's when D. Kng talked about the future he wanted.

"I have a hard time imagining being as hopeful as he was and being as committed as he was given the history that he was living in," said Schroer.

Even as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Junior on Monday we are looking forward to the future.

"Racism is all of our problem and we need to work on it together," said Schroer.

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