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Former NAACP head tells MLK event in NC more work to be done

January 19, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The national NAACP’s former president says much of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for America has arrived, while more remains undone.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1CHXwbf ) that Benjamin Jealous told more than 1,100 people at a Charlotte prayer breakfast that so much in the United States has changed for the better that King wouldn’t recognize the new reality.

But Jealous said King also would find familiar the under-education of too many children and over-incarceration of young men.

Jealous encouraged expanding opportunities for those who lack them now. He cited Jotaka Eaddy, a 16-year-old McDonald’s worker in Johnsonville, South Carolina. She decided to work for an end of death sentences for juveniles and in less than a decade the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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