Thu, Jan 23, 2014 11:14 AM EST

Melinda Weekes-Laidlow, managing director of Race Forward, spoke about Dr. King's legacy and how it applies to the specific struggles faced in New York City.  Commenting from her work as a minister and her own activism, she quotes the civil rights legend, saying, "Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a dry-as-dust religion."