"It is precisely because education is the road to equality and
citizenship, that it has been made more elusive for Negroes
than many other rights. The walling off of Negroes from equal
education is part of the historical design to submerge him in
second class status. Therefore, as Negroes have struggled to be free
they have had to fight for the opportunity for a decent education."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968) US civil rights leader
14 March 1964
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... words that can apply to any of a number of groups that those in power have attempted to religate to second class citizenship...
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Indeed Reston - the premise is simple; keep the people dumb and they will follow who ever leads them regardless of the truth.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    it is well written.
     -- patrick, monrovia     
    It's a historical design because the aristocracy has from the beginning walled off ALL the people from the real truth of history and of knowledge to keep the mass in ignorance and poor as dirt. It's been so effective that the brainwashed mass accepts its condition and doesn't even fight to remedy it.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    MLK was right; HOWEVER, if the 'education' is still delivered from an autocracy, what will the people learn? We must take responsibiltity to keep learning beyond what the State 'teaches' us.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx      
    MLK could speak those same words today and have them apply to all races. I think we have indeed achieved equality and then some...children of all races are being equally stupefied. Indoctrinated...not educated.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    and four stars to the comments.
     -- L. Hanson, Edmonton, Canada     
    The Feds used this as an excuse to bring local education under Supreme Court and federal law. All may be getting equal education now, but is it any good?
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Said well and is true of any group subdued. Now, instead of raising the bar of education to help the minority, the bar has been lowered to hinder the majority.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Anonymous      
    The more we become literate the more they become illiterate - and that my dear friends is the whole story.
     -- Anonymous     
    The King family is one of the greatest families of our time. They have instilled within us the value of a solitary life and that talk is cheap unless it is followed up with non-violent aggressive loving action. With this struggle as their goal they have changed our world.
     -- Mitch Clarke, Vancouver, British Columbia     
    In cities of the antebellum south it was codified that a slave was not allowed "to think". How can a being who is not allowed to think be allowed education.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Martin Luther King was not a civil rights leader in as much as he was a crusader for equal rights of all. I only wish that all would study his speeches and see how they apply to all. RIP MLK
     -- Tim, Farmdale     
    Oh Waffler, never forget the north was built on slave labor too. Never forget that Lincoln did not mention the slaves of the north in the emancipation proclamation. Nor do you mention that escaped slaves moving north were granted freedom only after serving a year in the Union Army...where they were used as cannon fodder... There you go again, perpetuating myths.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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