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50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand?

10septAs we honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today, we reflect on the powerful words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his most prophetic and radical:

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

This excerpt, from a speech given in 1967, spoke about the need to restore a deep and abiding humanity in our society.

Never is that more evident than in our public schools, where high stakes testing, privatization, the school to prison pipeline, school closings and the defunding and disinvestment of public education have eroded a foundational public good like never before. MLK’s words today ring more true than ever about the deep greed, racism, and dehumanization embodied in so much of the corporate “reform” movement.

But just as prophetic voices stood against these forces a half century ago, we stand in solidarity, justice and hope side by side with all those continuing the struggle today.

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2 thoughts on “50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand?

  1. These words, even though written and spoke fifty years ago, are very true! It does not surprise me, though. God often lets His people know certain things ahead of time. He gives us discernment. This is a sad day in history. So sad to watch and experience.

  2. Pingback: 50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand? | Parents United for Public Education ← NPE News Briefs

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