- Seattle, Washington
Fifty years ago, I was a nice enough twenty year old white male student. I would never have practiced open racial discrimination. But in my heart, I didn’t believe in the humanity of the black race.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at L.A. City College. I went out of interest to see a well-known world figure. Listening to him, I started to become aware of the brilliance of the man. By the time he finished, I was transfixed into the realization that black people are truly people. It was a spiritual awakening.
I gained a compassion for myself and others that didn’t exist before.
I haven’t always lived up to it, but achieving fairness and truth has been my guiding star.
Dr. King gave me that.