Occupation: President of the University of Akron.
Lived the last 50 years in: Ohio, Indiana, Alaska, Georgia, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Utah, New York, Mexico.
Heritage: Native of Mexico.
Dr. King’s message: I met Dr. King in the early 1960s in Atlanta, the year he was a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I was a college student and it was a very large gathering. Several of us took a few minutes to congratulate him.
The [I Have A Dream] speech is a timeless speech. It’s about the respect for the rights of others. There is a certain amount of apartness. You see that in every society, every country. The timelessness of that speech is about having decency for people, a respect. It’s that timelessness that gave it a very special characteristic.
Accomplished since then: I think he would be pleased with the enormous progress America has made.
Still to be done: Our ongoing human quest for decency to one another. The challenge remains for all human beings across the world. He would say we have come a long way but still have a lot to go. That’s a reflection on human partiality. We owe each other the respect we deserve.