Ed Board Member Who Used Slur Recites King Speech

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A Kansas State Board of Education member who was criticized for using a racial slur has recited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at a public discussion.

Overland Park Republican Steve Roberts drew criticism in May after using the “N-word” at a state board meeting during an African-American history discussion. Roberts said that it was the 50th anniversary of King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and that King had used the “N-word” in his letter. He also said it was important to push the boundaries of political correctness.

On Friday, Roberts participated in a discussion at a Topeka park about the N-word, its history and whether its use is ever acceptable. The event was organized by Topeka activist Sonny Scroggins.

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