Dear Commons Community,
On this day we remember with great affection and a great deal of thanks, the contribution of Martin Luther King, Jr. to our country. His messages of peace and racial understanding still reverberate for those us fortunate to have heard his words. There will be many references to his great oratory. Surely, parts of his “I had a dream” speech will be played throughout the media today. However, Larry Shore, a colleague of mine, reminded us on a CUNY faculty LISTSERV that on December 10, 1965, Dr. King gave a talk at our own Hunter College on the issue of human rights and specifically about what was happening in South Africa. There are kernels of inspiration and love in this talk many of which Dr. King shared in other speeches and many of which are still important today.