Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter talks action of activists and allies

Bernice A. King and Tiffany Dena Loftin, the director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, discuss how young protesters are using their voices amid protests over George Floyd's death.
6:53 | 06/02/20

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And for more of this we'll bring in Dr. Bernice king, the CEO of the king center and, yes, the daughter of martin Luther king Jr. And Tiffany Dena Loftin from the naacp and I just lost my earpiece but I hope you all can hear me. Dr. King, please let us know the legacy, what this means to you to see this young generation out standing up for themselves. Well, I am so proud of them, first of all, for the tenacity, the resilience and the vigilance that they are exercising and the determination to keep the issue of black lives matter before this nation which has caused so many people to lean in in ways that I've never seen before in generations past. I just think my father and my mother would be extremely proud. My mother said something so essential. She said struggle is a never-ending possess, freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it and every generation and these diverse group of young people arering and winning this freedom. We may not see the total manifestation yet but it is on its way because of their determination and vigilance. You know, Dr. King, there's a sense from so many people, yes, we've seen protests over the years, my parents, they did the sit-ins on the lunch counters but it somehow -- can it different this time? Do you feel a difference this time with the protests? I do feel a difference. I've been conversing with a lot of people as you can imagine and believe it or not a lot of people who sit in seats of influence are leaning in. They are listening. They're asking what should we do? What can we do? And so I just want to say again I appreciate the tenacity of this generation and not letting up on this issue because in so many times past people would kind of resort back to business as usual and they have continued to persist and that's so important. It is. And Tiffany, I want to bring you in on this discussion because you speak with so many young people and they're going through a lot right now, the pandemic, not being able to go back to school. The stress, what is their unique message? The unique message right now I think is since 2014 we've been demanding justice and it's unfortunate that during a global pandemic even after the murder of Michael Brown in 2014 we have to continue the same tactic, same sacrifices and risk the young people in the streets are taking across the country. Their message is clear, their message is we want justice and justice is defined as making sure we get a fair trial and officers get convicted and the track record of this country has never given us that so right now the message of new folks in the work, the diversity as you guys have been mentioning of the protest is for to us focus on two things, making sure we get justice for the family and that we get really strong reforms so that black people in America feel safe. And you bring that up and we have as well about the diversity, about seeing these young white and black faces together side by side. It's so profound to see that. Why do you think it is so important to this generation to be side by side in this initiative? I think that the work we've been doing in and out of the year to talk about alliedship and what it means to be an ally and stand in solidarity with communities of color, robin, you and I have heard nobody is free until black folks are fro so the effort of diversity taking place right now in the field, I think, is an opportunity for us to recognize that America is changing and it's starting with our young people leading a positive and good example of what it's like to demand just physical for not only black lives matter but for everyone. Yes, I think of a Benjamin Franklin quote, justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. And so, Dr. King -- That's right. Yes, it is and we're sensing -- I cannot tell you, my phone is blowing up from friends who are reaching out and letting me know that they're allies in this but, Dr. King, there's still -- I don't know if you saw the video go viral of three black men, one was 45, one interior was in his 30s and a 16-year-old and all black and they had a difference -- had a difference in how they were approaching this. How do you maintain, how can we maintain hope during this time? How do you do it? Well, I maintain hope because I know that as the message continues to stay focused on what the real issue is, we can galvanize people around those reforms that Tiffany spoke about, those police reforms that are very much needed immediately. There's legislation that hakim Jeffries introduced in honor of Eric Garner last year dealing with excessive force. It is time immediately for this nation to focus its attention on deconstructing and reconstructing policing in this country by addressing many of these and the things Tiffany just spoke to as well. This time it must change because if it does not change, then I shudder to think what will happen in this country. This time and, Tiffany, your final words? I want to encourage the young folks who are out there protesting to stay strong and resilient. Our ancestors taught us what it is to be leaders and fight for what we believe and I know that with the strength and the leadership of the young folks that are there now, it's not a one size fits all or one solution to the problem. There's multiple solutions to the problem. And our young folk also make sure America gets it right this time. All right. Tiffany and Dr. Bernice king, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you both so very, very much. I hope that you'll be with us tonight because tonight we'll have -- thank you, both. Tonight we'll have an ABC news primetime special. I'll join "World news tonight" anchor David Muir and "Nightline" anchor Byron Pitts. The three of us taking a closer look at the protests and get into it and how many Americans are hurting right now. The pain that we are feeling. It's called "America in pain" 9:00, 8:00 central here on ABC and coming up next here on

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