C.T. Vivian, the current president, says, "I like the idea of 50 years. It gives the nation a chance to review the progress or lack of it."
"The important thing you have to realize about Martin, it wasn't just Martin, it was the strategy he brought, what propelled all of us, this entire nation, into the 21st century," said Mr. Vivian, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. "I like the idea of 50 years. It gives the nation a chance to review the progress or lack of it, in that 50-year period. It also says something to us about meeting every half-century to examine where we are, where we've been and what we project in the future."