Another problem the civil rights icon would have with the modern Atlanta, his son believes, is the dropout rate among “poor folks.” King says education was very important to his father, and the problems with the Atlanta Public Schools and other schools systems would have concerned him.
However, King lll said: “He would be proud that Atlanta is still working to be a city too busy to hate, but has not yet achieved that. When you look at leadership at the state level, there are very few -- and I don’t think now there are any -- African Americans elected statewide. There were a few years back. So certainly by now we should have additional African Americans elected statewide, and he would challenge us in that regard. But overall, you know, I think he’d really be challenging our nation, not just our city, this city that he was born in, born and raised in. … I think Atlanta has been very progressive in many areas, but it still does not mean that we’ve achieved what we should as it relates to realizing the dream. I still do not think we’ve realized the dream that he envisioned of freedom and justice and equality for all human kind.”