President Obama is set to deliver remarks Wednesday marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech. He will be joined by former Presidents Carter and Clinton on the National Mall.
In exclusive video provided to Meet the Press by the Clinton Foundation, former President Bill Clinton reflects on the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. In the first clip below, Clinton describes how the meaning of King's message has changed to embody a more global view than he once thought.
"If you look all around the world, the people that are embracing diversity and the idea that everyone should have an equal chance... wherever that happens, people are doing well," Clinton said.Talking about the impact that Dr. King's speech, Clinton said he showed the world that although we are all created equal, we are not all given the some chance to succeed.
"[King] proved first, by his own brilliance and eloquence, that talent and ability are evenly distributed across the human race, but opportunity is not."
Clinton cited increasing political diversity as reason for Martin Luther King to be pleased with the progress that's been made. "He'd be pleased that America is more diverse and not just a bi-racial country," Clinton said, "and we seem to be doing alright with it."
The former President also reflected on civil rights leader, and Arkansas native, Daisy Bates for the role she played in the March and integrating schools in Arkansas. "Daisy was a rock," for the students in Arkansas, Clinton said, and "she just got up every day and tried to do the right thing."
For more of President Clinton's reflections on the March on Washington, read the op-ed he wrote for USA Today here.
First published August 27 2013, 6:58 PM