By Maria Saporta
The leaders spoke at a half-day symposium on Friday that was held at the King Center titled: “The Civil Rights Act @ 50: Looking Back; Moving Forward 1964 – 2014.”
Kasim Reed (Photos by Maria Saporta)
For Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, it means that his recently-born daughter will have the opportunity to be the CEO of a corporation when she grows up.
For Bernice King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, the challenge is to recruit young people to join the modern day struggles for equal opportunity and civil rights.
She repeated one of her favorite quotes from her mother: “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won.” She went on to say: “You earn it and win it every in generation. We must guard and protect our freedoms in every generation.”
Then King challenged people who have succeeded as a result of the Civil Rights Act — people who live in wealthy communities, work in executive suites, drive expensive automobiles — people who fell asleep during the ongoing struggle.