Reverend Jesse Jackson will deliver the keynote address for the University of Utah’s celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King today, Jan. 24 at noon at the Huntsman Center. Tickets are sold out, but the speech can be streamed live at the university’s web site.
At a press conference before the address, Jackson talked about King’s “I have a Dream” speech and President Obama’s second inaugural speech. He also addressed social issues in America and talked about the country uniting.
“The president’s address on Monday was about the promise,” says Jackson. “The American promise is one big tent where all are in and none are out.”
People don’t remember the first part of King’s speech; they remember the dream part.
“The dream was the literative climax,” says, Jackson. “It really was the broken promise speech.”
In order to put our best team on the field, we must accept people regardless of color, gender, or sexual preference.
“We cannot win in isolation,” says Jackson. Schools should recruit diverse students for fields of study like science and mathematics just like they do for sports.
“If we live together, we are less likely to fight,” says Jackson.
Jackson worked with King during the civil rights movements in the 1960s and as run for the office of president twice.