"When I was five and he was shot, this is what I remember about it. I was in school in Trenton and they turned the lights off and we got to sit under the desks." (5)
Stewart uses his story to help the viewers to understand that it is all right to grieve over the 9/11 tragedy.
Just like many people lost somebody that impacted their lives when Martin Luther King was shot, many lost loved ones in the 9/11 tragedy. The impact of his story is to make others understand that it is normal to grieve over the people that lost their lives even if you didn't specifically know them.
"This attack happened. It's not a dream. But the aftermath of it, the recovery, is a dream realized. And that is Martin Luther King's dream." (6)
Stewart mentions the Martin Luther King's dream to convey the thought that the audience should have hope for what will come in the future.
Overall Stewart wants the audience to understand that it is important to grieve, but more important to feel hope for what will come in the future.