Occupation: Retired professor, early childhood, Kent State University.
Lived in Akron: All her life.
Dr. King’s message: He believed our nation should live up to our country’s creed emphasizing equality and freedom for all. If we see injustice where someone is not being treated equally, it is our duty to protest, to right the wrong in a nonviolent setting. ... Many people think of civil-rights injustices only for blacks, but it was far more than that for King. It was equality for everyone. If inequality existed for any of us, than none of us was free.
Accomplished since then: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the right to protest. ... I think Martin Luther King would be proud of the young people of today. They are more open-minded and more acceptable of things. One of the greatest tributes to Martin Luther King I have ever seen was on Election Day for President Obama this last election, seeing people in line to vote when told their vote didn’t count.
Still to be done: He would be very concerned about the stand-your-ground law, the Dream Act and the Immigration Reform Bill left undone. He would see a need to remedy education of the poor because of the inequalities. The war on poverty is not over. This was addressed in the ’60s but it seems to have been abandoned. We are segregated more and more by class with a shrinking middle class. I think Dr. King would want to correct gerrymandering and the voting rights ruling by the Supreme Court. The feeling that everything is straightened out and racial discrimination no longer exists … is not true.