I could not allow today to go by without recognizing the reason for the holiday and the many contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. I am in Washington, DC today and in preparation for my meetings tomorrow, I reviewed some basic information about the state of higher education in the US. Though we have the finest higher education system in the world, we still fall short in providing access to a college education–and the social mobility it provides–to all segments of our population. Access and opportunity. I ask us all to take a moment to reflect on this goal and on Dr. King’s legacy.
Many individuals, much more eloquent than I, have made comments or have given speeches today. In this posting, I decided to allow Dr. King to speak for himself. I have provided a few brief quotations that I’m sure you will agree are as relevant today as when Dr. King was alive. Let us all remember the things that matter.
“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”