steve_roberts.jpgTOPEKA, Kan. (AP)-  A Kansas State Board of Education member who was criticized for using a racial slur has recited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream'' speech at a public discussion.

The Topeka Capital-Journal ( reports that Overland Park Republican Steve Roberts drew criticism in May after using the "N-word'' at a state board meeting during an African-American history discussion.

Roberts said that it was the 50th anniversary of King's Letter from Birmingham Jail and that King had used the "N-word'' in his letter. He also said it was important to push the boundaries of political correctness.

On Friday, Roberts participated in a discussion at a Topeka park about the N-word, its history and whether its use is ever acceptable.

The event was organized by Topeka activist Sonny Scroggins.