If you could go back in time and have a conversation with Dr. King, what would you talk about; what would you ask him?

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Opinion: Streetbeat

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By Loretta A. Ragsdell

Contributing Reporter / Columnist

Lazella Dew

"You was a great man, and please don't leave me, because if you can't be here then I don't need to be here, because you was a great man."

Brian Ray

"I'd ask him what can he do to improve unemployment today, because we have a lot of guys that's out of work, because they have a record and they can't get a job. And people don't realize it's hard to get a job when nobody will give you a chance. Then they revert back to their same old things, and they end up going back to jail. It's a vicious circle."

Marcus Crawford

"First off, I'd tell him not to stand on no balconies. I would talk about the hidden racism. How they do it now is more professional, like how they are pushing the drugs in the community. It's not out there where you can see it. They don't hire black people or they mistreat them on the job. They are not going to publicly act racist, but there is a lot of racism out there that you can see."

Jonelle Walker

"I would ask him to write a book that would inspire our black men of today to get out there and do something. I wanted him to leave more behind so everybody who say if Martin Luther King was here what would he think, what would he do, what would he say? If he had written a book, a blueprint, an inspirational book that would tell us what he would do and what we should do."

Maurice Felters

"I would ask him if there is any possible way that he could stop the violence and the killing of our youth. Could he get together and stop the gun violence, and hunger?"

Mike Herford

"I would ask Dr. King if he could change what's going on right now with black people. Like economics; I'd ask him if he could change it. I'd ask him if he is surprised or disappointed in what's happening with black people."

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