“I have a great reverence for what Dr. King was able to accomplish in his very short time on this planet. The question, specifically relating to his legacy, brings up mixed feelings for me. America, I believe not accidentally, has distilled his legacy down to an abstract Dream whereby his children (and, presumably by extension, all so-called Negroes who came after him) would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. My dream is that the full spectrum of what Dr. King embodied, before his brutal murder, can exist alongside the Dream. Each year I strive to create educational opportunities that deal not only with this very complex and nuanced Dream, but also the war on poverty, the American War in Vietnam, and most importantly King’s fierce dedication to social change (not through dreaming or making speeches about it, but through nonviolent direct action).
There’s no doubt that this giant of a teacher has changed the way that I live. The pillars of institutionalized racism in the United States of America, though still in place, may never have seen the slightest crumbling without the lessons put forth by this great American. I join with the rest of the Ursinus community in honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.”
Terrence Williams is the Director of Diverisity and Inclusion at Ursinus College.
Today (Weds. Jan. 21):
Noon Lunch and Learn in Unity House
Bonner Leaders panel discussion on religion and social justice at 7:30 p.m. in Musser Auditorium, Pfahler Hall.