January 27, 2006

Lecture Honors MLK

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Be a thermostat, not a thermometer, to carry on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, urged Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, last night.

Thermometers passively measure the climate, but thermostats are active, setting the temperature and changing the environment. We must live our lives as thermostats, working to change our communities and our country, to continue Dr. King’s dream, said Morial, keynote speaker for the Dr. Martin Luther King commemorative lecture in Sage Chapel.

After an introduction by Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson, Morial, who served as mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2003, spoke about King’s activism and the implications of his philosophy on current events like Hurricane Katrina.

“Dr. King’s demand for us to be thermostats requires confronting issues like Katrina,” Morial said. “The gulf coast ought to be treated like New York City was treated after 9/11. No one said we can’t afford it