Meet the Press   |  August 25, 2013

Sharpton relates MLK's message to modern times

The Rev. Al Sharpton, a leader in organizing this weekend's anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington, explains how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for America applies today.

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>>> reverend al sharpton organized the march yesterday along with dr. king's eldest son. sharpton spoke to the tens of thousands gathered on the mall on saturday.

>> we believe in a new america ! it's time to march for a new america ! it's time to organize for a new america ! it's time to register and vote for a new america ! we're on our way, we're on our way, we are on our way!

>> and our roundtable is now here. welcome to all of you, including doris kearns goodwin , who i just want to point out has been well, alive and well . you've just been in hibernation working on your new book. good to see you.

>> correct. glad to be back.

>> reverend al sharpton , a significant day for you and others yesterday associated with that march. 50 years ago 50shgs years after the march on washington , how does dr. king's message relate today?

>> i think his message relates in the sense that it laid the chart -- it charted the way from where we are. a black president , black attorney general who spoke at the march yesterday. but it also raised a challenge for this generation that we talked about yesterday. the supreme court just took away section 4, the voting rights act , which means that we challenge the congress now to come with a new voting rights bill, because this is the first time in 48 years that we do not have free clearance in areas that have a history of discrimination. a jobs bill. the economic inequality today is the same as it was 50 years ago. so i think this generation of civil rights leader and the civil rights community must challenge the economic inequality , the regression on voting rights , as well as deal with some of the gun violence and the internal problems in