1. The legacy of Doctor Martin Luther King means to me in a sense opportunity, and that's what it was about. The Civil Rights Movement was about opportunity, not just for minorities, but for everybody and because of the civil right movement not only do I, but every American citizen and even naturalized native-born and even immigrants have opportunities, rights, and privileges that we did not have prior to that. Even though they were supposedly guaranteed by the constitution that we all have right... life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
2. I think awareness is greater, but I think some of it in recent years has lessened. That's why we're back into the overt racism now like it was in the past... we're going back a few years. I think that's the been the biggest difference. I'm 56, so I've seen it and experienced it and certainly and most commonly can tell it when I see it and when I hear it.
3. Tremendous advancements, but we had to be careful that those advancements are not further eroded. When I say further eroded, I mean they have already been eroded and we just need to make sure we get back on track and move further ahead.
4. I think it starts with individual integrity, dignity, and respect. You have to start with self-respect and self-dignity and your own integrity, and only then can you demonstrate and exhibit that to others. I say this because in order to be respected you have to first be respectful and respectable. If you're not respectable you're not going to be respectful and you certainly won't be respected.