Created in 1957, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) has been quite vocal in the African American community and has always had their opinion on the Hip-Hop Generation.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, current SCLC president Reverend Charles Steele Jr. shared his opinion on the matter and explained why the Hip-Hop Generation should not be neglected.

“That’s where our next fight must be … to bring in the hip hop culture, to let them know that they don’t have to remain empty on the inside and feel that they’re a stepchild within this society and within the movement that we believe so dearly in,” Steele Jr. told the AP.

Formerly a Democratic state senator for the state of Alabama, Reverend Steele has served as president of the SCLC for nearly four years.

The SCLC plans on celebrating its 50th Anniversary this weekend in its birthplace of New Orleans.

Reported by Danielle Harling