Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.We set aside today, the third Monday in January, to honor the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the editorial page today, The Virginian-Pilot printed quotes from  some of his speeches. My favorite is not the one for which he is most famous; instead, I prefer “Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution.”

One of his lesser known writings was cited in the editorial today. It was written for the Morehouse campus newspaper and a copy appears here. Remember: King was 18 years old when he wrote:

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.

Those thoughts were echoed in an article in The Atlantic last week.

College should be “sold” to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening.

The ability to think critically is at the top of the list of things that appear to be lacking in our country today, regardless of the topic. Learning how to do so would be a great way to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

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