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Coretta Scott King Delivers Remarks to 'Redeem the Dream' Rally

Aired August 26, 2000 - 2:20 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to take you back to Washington, D.C. right now for the "Redeem the Dream" march. Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King, is speaking.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

CORETTA SCOTT KING, WIDOW OF MARTIN LUTHER KING: In 1983, it was for the passage of 12 legislative agenda items, but the main and most -- the focused one was pass the bill for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

And Walter and Joe Lowry (ph) and others who were here -- and Joe was a co-convener of that march along with myself and Ms. Dorothy Height (ph) -- we had over 750 organizations that joined on. And then in 1988 and 1993, those of us in that generation came back.

But today, we have a new generation that is coming forward. And you know, I am just as happy as I can be to see these young people, younger people, men and women coming forward to take the torch and run with it, and that's what they are doing.

(APPLAUSE)

And this march is about racial profiling. And I am so happy to see that Martin Luther King Jr., Martin Luther King III -- as some people say Martin Luther King Jr. III -- Martin Luther King III and Reverend Al Sharpton have taken on this enormous task and so many of you who have come to support them, particularly those of you in my generation: Reverend Wyatt T. Walker (ph). I mean, start calling the names.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm in the other generation.

(LAUGHTER)

KING: But those of you younger people out there today I know that this will be a great inspiration to you as well. I'm not going to try to tell you who these young people are. I'm just going to say a few words about Martin III and then about Reverend Sharpton, because they will come to you in their order.

As you know, during the march on Washington they were -- the children were very young. They had to be. Martin III was about 5 years old, and I didn't bring him that day, because I did not know how it was going to be. You know, how you sometimes can't figure out what to do about how your children are going to be taken care of, especially when you are up-front. But I regret that very much, that I wasn't able to bring him. He was only 5 years old, a little bit more than 5 years old.

But he certainly didn't ask for this position as the fourth president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. I remember how he agonized when he was asked to take it on and almost did not take it. But I wanted to say that he has taken it and he has worn the mantle very well. And I want to commend him as a son and say how proud I am of you, Martin.

(LAUGHTER)

PHILLIPS: Coretta Scott King talking about the 37th anniversary of the historic civil rights march in Washington, where her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, gave his celebrated speech, "I Have a Dream."

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