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

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 01:24 PM

By Dan Weil

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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."

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