Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be disappointed to see the state of racial and social justice at this institution today. Disgusted, even. King would be disgusted by the fact that people of color—students, faculty, and workers—still must fight to be heard and supported on this campus and within our larger community.
In 1985, Coretta Scott King asked Professor of History Clayborne Carson to edit and assemble the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the beginnings of the King Papers Project. Today, the Papers Project is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, housed in a temporary building on Stanford campus.
The riots will not end with us shouting at the protestors to go home. It will not end with us chastising them for being violent. It will end when we tell our fellow Americans what they have deserved to hear us say for so long: We are listening. We must do better. And we will do better.
At Stanford, we are removed from the hatred that exists in the stones of that Old World land on the Mediterranean. We have the opportunity to look away from the past, and into the future. Let’s start looking at how to solve problems, instead of arguing about who started them.
Ava DuVernay sets the stage for one of this year’s strongest cinematic endeavors: “Selma,” a film which succeeds at being both a warts-and-all portrait of the man who stood up to a broken system and a meticulous and loving landscape of the faces that refused to let him stand alone.
Martin Luther King Day and the recent shooting in Tucson call us to consider how we each contribute to peaceful political dialog in the U.S. It appears that both shootings were the work of isolated individuals. Nevertheless, all spiritual traditions affirm that our own speech and actions can powerfully affect others for good or evil.
In honor of Dr. King and the forthcoming Presidents’ Day, Labor Day and all the other days throughout the year where our weeks are shortened, here are a few more days we could all take off…
As we pause to honor the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we need to take a hard look at the work that remains to be done to make Dr. King’s dream a reality…