Heard on Campus: Yolanda King at Eisenhower Auditorium

February 21, 2006

"In 1967, my father published a book entitled Where Do We Go From Here?: Chaos or Community ... My father captured the challenges we still are facing 38 years after they were written. A challenge made greater as the world was made smaller with new technology, that power to affirm, to acknowledge, to embrace our oneness as humanity. My father's words ring particularly, 'We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.' ... Here we are in 2006, all 6.4 billion of us, for the incredible work of art called humanity, this incredible human mandate. Aren't we beautiful! Aren't we interesting! Aren't we amazing! So my question is: If we are so incredible, so beautiful and so amazing, why can't we understand one another? Why can't we respect and appreciate one another? Why can't we move a notch higher than simply tolerating one another?"

-- Yolanda King, human rights activist, performer and eldest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, speaking on Monday, Feb. 20, at Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus. King appeared as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. For more information about the DSS, visit http://www.sa.psu.edu/usa/dss/ online.

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