Soledad O’Brien Headlines MLK Holiday Breakfast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More than 1,000 people gathered in Uptown at the Convention Center for the McCrorey YMCA’s 25th annual MLK Holiday Breakfast. The holiday marks Martin Luther King’s January 15 birthday. He would have been 90 this year.

This year’s keynote speaker was award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Soledad O’Brien. O’Brien says it doesn’t do justice to recall King as a “warm, fuzzy character,” and noted how the civil rights leader was hated by many when he was alive.

She challenged people to step out of their comfort zones to create better communities for everyone, saying in part, “Go back and read ‘I Have a Dream.’ Everybody loves the ‘I have a dream,’ and the ‘content of character’ parts; they don’t like the parts about the Negro being delivered a bad check. The failures of America to do what is just when it comes to economic equality.”

O’Brien also talked about the challenges facing young black men in America, and whether Colin Kaepernick should be compared to MLK. To view more on those segments, click the videos below: