Making a ‘dream’ a reality for us and our students

Today, Aug. 28, 2013 is a wonderful opportunity to take stock of wheremlk we have been, where we are and where we still need to go.

This is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. That speech and those words certainly created a seminal moment in the civil rights movement led by King. These moments are important, but only if those who hear the words then put them to work.

One of the things I love about being here at Shoreline Community College is that we are designed to be at the interface between dreams and realities. Education can lift those who need a lift. We provide access to the education and training that can literally turn lives around. That’s the reality of our work and I imagine it is why many of us continue to do it through such uncertain and trying times.

My dream is that through our work together we can touch more lives, expand our reach and make our communities and our world the better place we saw in Dr. King’s dream. Today is a good day to be reminded of that reality.


Suzan Johnson Cook, the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, shares her memories of perspective on the U.S. State Department’s blog.

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