Sep. 6, 2013
Noel Erskine, professor of theology and ethics, was among select Emory University professors across several disciplines offering perspective on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington in a September 3 piece in the Emory Report. August 28 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's march and historic "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
"I suppose as a university we could begin to ask, ‘How do we talk about the dream in the 21st century, post-Obama? Where are we as a university on some of these issues for which King stood and fought and talked about in his dream?’ We have ethical commitments as a university. We can't let ourselves off the hook. We have to face some of these issues that King faced. I think a university has a responsibility to provide leadership in thought to help people think through some of these issues. The issues that were in 1963, I think it's more complex now. Is there a new way to talk about race?"
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