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Students: MLK’s “I have a dream” speech out of date because he didn’t mention “gender identity”

January 27, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

King in 1963: Not enough diversity in that speech

Student leaders at the University of Oregon seriously debated whether to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” statement from the student union building because it apparently wasn’t inclusive enough.

Yes, seriously debated! After all, the U. of Oregon is a college, and college is where very serious intellectual activity takes place.

The Oregon student newspaper The Daily Emerald reports about the debate over whether to remove the MLK quotation from the Erb Student Union building, currently undergoing renovations :

“The quote is not going to change, but that decision was not made without some hard thought by the Student Union Board.

Laurie Woodward, the Director of the Student Union said that when she approached the union with the question of if they wanted to keep the current MLK quote or supplement a new one, one of the students asked, ‘Does the MLK quote represent us today?’

“’Diversity is so much more than race. Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that,’ sophomore architecture major, Mia Ashley said.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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