March 12, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Lehman College
As a young person growing up in the Bronx, Robert T. Johnson was inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in particular the iconic “I Have a Dream,” speech which, he says, accelerated the civil rights movement like never before. “The (civil rights) movement would not have progressed if Dr. King did not get people’s attention the way he did on that day in 1963.” Today, Bronx District Attorney Johnson is not only the first African American in New York State to be elected to that office, he is the longest-serving (since 1989) in Bronx history. As the keynote speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lecture at Lehman College, D.A. Johnson reflects on Dr. King’s legacy.