Ed board member who used slur recites King speech

Kansas State Board of Education member Steve Roberts of Overland Park listens to comments by fellow board member Carolyn Campbell on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. Campbell raised concerns about Roberts' use of a racial slur during the April board meeting during a debate over new history standards to make a point about not sanitizing the past. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
Kansas State Board of Education member Steve Roberts of Overland Park listens to comments by fellow board member Carolyn Campbell on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. Campbell raised concerns about Roberts' use of a racial slur during the April board meeting during a debate over new history standards to make a point about not sanitizing the past. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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.

The Topeka Capital-Journal  reports that 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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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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