Year after year when we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s (pictured) legacy, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is often the most-celebrated. On “NewsOne Now,” though, Roland Martin discusses how even as we focus on that speech, we often miss the main point.

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“When you only remember the hoop and not the scripture, when you only remember the hoop and not the thesis, you miss the assignment,” said Martin. “We remember the hoop; the hoop was the ‘I have a dream’ part. By only remembering the hoop, you forget that he talked about a check, stamp, insufficient funds. You forget him talking about the condition of the Negro all across the country. You forget all of that because you focus on [the] hoop.”

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