Bill Clinton: MLK Would Be 'Pleased' With Country's Diversity

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 01:24 PM

By Dan Weil

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former President Bill Clinton says Martin Luther King Jr. would be impressed today with America's progress on civil rights and the nation's diversity.

"He'd be pleased that there is more equal opportunity politically and an African-American had been elected president," Clinton said in a video provided to NBC's "Meet the Press" by the Clinton Foundation in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

"He'd be pleased that African-Americans are competitive in Senate races and other major elections around the country. He’d be pleased that America is more diverse and not just a biracial country and that we seem to be doing all right with it."

The former Democratic president explained that King's primary motivation in everything he did was about serving others.

"Martin Luther King said anyone can be great, because anyone can serve. And you should serve where you are," Clinton said.

"If you happen to be a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper in the whole world ... Even in times of political adversity and personal adversity, you will be happier, and your life will be more meaningful, if you spend part of it giving of yourself to someone else."

"His own life," Clinton said of King, "is proof positive of the power of equal opportunity to change the future for all of us."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Pressure Mounts to Expand Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 13:13 PM

Pressure is building on President Barack Obama and within the Pentagon to intensify airstrikes against Islamic extremist . . .

Perry Open to Sending US Troops to Iraq

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 13:10 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signaled Thursday that he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly  . . .

Michael Reagan: Obama Showing He's 'Disengaged'

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 12:43 PM

President Barack Obama is showing he's "disengaged" by continuing his vacation and being photographed playing golf after . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved