The Center's director, Farris Muhammad, was in the midst of his keynote speech when a woman walked to the front of the room and shared her thoughts on Dr. King:
"Excuse me, I'm really glad that he did die. Because you've created a lot of racial discrimination in our country. We've got our children who are going with black and white people and we don't need that. We have homes that are all the same, but we are not the same... And you have ruined our children's lives."You can hear her rant at the nine minute mark on this video. It's difficult to hear what she has to say after a while because the audience begins shouting her down and others escort her out of the room. But not before calling Dubuque a "shitty town."
Muhammad then uses this rant to point out that Dr. King's dream of racial equality isn't fully realized:
"Please don't let that kill anyone's spirit this morning... We'll use that as an example, as a testimony to the work that still has to be done."It's not clear from what little media attention that I've found on this story who this woman is or why she decided to disrupt this event.