09/12/2012 05:58 pm ET Updated Sep 12, 2012

Tom Brokaw At DNC: Job Crisis May Be Civil Rights Issue Of 21st Century

Tom Brokaw said he thinks that the jobs crisis may be this century's civil rights issue.

After moderating the HuffPost-sponsored Opportunity: What Is Working jobs panel Wednesday at the DNC, the well-known journalist and 'NBC Nightly News' anchor spoke with The Huffington Post about the "extraordinary transition" we are going through today.

He drew parallels to the civil rights issues of the 1960s and the current job crisis, saying that awareness is what moves people to action.

"During the Civil Rights Era when I was a young just going out and covering it and putting it on the air every night, it began to move the conscience of people and raise their awareness of what we needed to do," Brokaw explained. "I think we can do the same thing with jobs, which may be the civil rights issue of the 21st Century.

Brokaw went on to describe the role the media can play in this challenge, saying "I think if we just start covering the subject in a more sophisticated way, people will get it and respond to it."

He also said he believes that local communities are going to play an important role: "I always think that the solutions are best from the ground up."



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