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Still moving toward ‘the promise land’

  • Joanna
  • January 8, 2020

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, on what would have been his 91st year, it is worthwhile to consider how we might continue to honor his fight. 

If he were still with us today — 91 would have been a long life, yes, though not an unreasonable expectation – what would he demand of us now? Of course, there is no way to know, but we often contemplate the weight of his proclamation that everyone should have “three meals a day for their bodies; education, and culture for their minds; and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”

We have work to do in all of those regards, of course. But most people agree that food is an essential human right, and that everyone, everywhere, deserves dignity, equality and freedom. King noted that education belongs in that list, and we are determined to play a role in helping make that part of his dream a reality.

We are so thankful for King’s life, for the boldness of his goals, and the directions he left all of us after his death. None of us alone are equal to the task, but when we work together, we can do amazing things. We are proud to be part of a community of educators, school administrators and community leaders who believe in creating equitable educational opportunity — and we can only hope he would be proud.    


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