Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream: the Role for Higher Education

Who is responsible for today’s campus troubles? Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Who is responsible for today’s campus troubles? Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Authored by Roland V. Anglin, Director, The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University NewarkDavid D. Troutt, Professor of Law and Justice John J Francis Scholar, Rutgers University NewarkElise Boddie, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers University NewarkNancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University Newark and Peter Englot, Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Rutgers University Newark.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Why We Can’t Wait” to dispel the notion that African Americans should be content to proceed on an incremental course toward full equality under the law and in the wider society. King observed,

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.

Yet waiting and whispering, rather than raising their voices for genuine inclusion, is what many seem to expect of the children and grandchildren of King’s generation even today.

At stake is the perceived legitimacy of American institutions, not just educational but those that we educate for. Read More...