“Neither MIT nor my city of origin is the best indicator of my success, ability or potential…“[m]y success is attributed to the collective influence of many people who have shaped my life.”
Pierre Fuller SM '09, PhD candidate- Graduate student speaker at the 37th Annual MLK Celebration
CNN's Roland Martin, at annual MLK Jr. breakfast, says the civil rights leader’s example of personal commitment and nonviolence lives on
David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | February 10, 2011
In his keynote address at MIT’s 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration on Wednesday, CNN analyst Roland Martin said that King’s spirit, idealism and commitment to personal action are alive today, as exemplified by the protests that have erupted on the streets of Egypt over the last few weeks.
“The folks in Egypt are trying nonviolence” in their bid for freedom and democracy, and in doing so are following in King's footsteps, Martin said. Emphasizing the important role that young people can play, including the many students gathered at the breakfast, Martin pointed out that it is “the young folks in Egypt driving this entire movement.” He said that this impassioned effort by the young echoes the work of King, who, when he was elected to lead the incipient civil rights movement in Montgomery, Ala., in the 1950s, was still in his twenties — as were many of the other leaders of the movement at the time. These young people, Martin said, were willing to take chances that many of their elders feared to take.