Niagara Gazette — “… So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow I still have a dream …. a dream deeply rooted in the American dream ... that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.
“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like mighty streams …”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream”
As the month of August has drawn to a close, I cannot help rejoicing in the fact that I live in this moment in time, in this great nation.
This week, our nation acknowledged the silver anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Truly, it is one of the greatest speeches in American history.
Last week, we embraced the historic visit of the first African American President, Barack Obama, as he addressed an audience at the University of Buffalo.
I had the privilege of being in the audience to hear the president speak, because my son Kyle, a junior at UB, gave me his ticket. As an orientation counselor for new students, Kyle had to work. His twin, Tyler, a junior, and a residence hall assistant, also had to work. As their mother, I was grateful for this wonderful, historic gift.
Seeing and hearing the leader of our nation speak in person was awesome, exciting and inspiring. His remarks were especially significant to our family. With two recent college graduates, and two college students, we are seeing first-hand the economic impact of the skyrocketing cost of a college education. I agree that there is “a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt,” and that change and accountability are necessary for a sustainable future.