Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy through the eyes of young people

Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 90 years old had he not been assassinated in 1968. King was one of the most important figures in the civil rights movement. He stood for justice and equality.

MPR News host Angela Davis honored King's legacy by talking with the next generation of black leaders. She spoke with two African-American high school students about what they're dealing with today when it comes to racial tensions, conflicts and stereotypes.

Joining them was a college professor who is challenging his students to learn from America's past when it comes to racial inequalities.


Senam Akyea, Highland Park High School freshman
Terrell Turner, Johnson High School senior
Todd Lawrence, associate professor of English at the University of St. Thomas

Use the audio player above to listen to their discussion.