In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., his critical work and those who continue efforts for racial justice, we reflect on Dr. King’s impact today. “We can draw wisdom and inspiration from the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” says TC President Thomas Bailey, who finds that in dark times, he has “been reflecting not so much on what Dr. King ‘would say’ if he were walking among us, but rather on how his words and deeds during his lifetime are speaking to us, teaching us, and offering us reasons to hope for a brighter tomorrow.”
“During his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1964, Dr. King said, ‘I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered (men and women) have torn down (women and men) other-centered can build up.’”
“We at Teachers College are among the builders of that just society that Dr. King envisioned. And I believe we will succeed because of our community’s resilience, strength, and fundamental goodness.” Stay tuned today for more in honor of #MLKDay. 📸 Photo courtesy of the US National Archives.