Statement from NABSE President Marietta English on the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination
"As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we must remember all that he has done for black people and the entire United States. As educators there is a great deal we can take from Dr. King. He was a constant student of history and used his analysis of the past to shape his goals and expectations of the future. Dr. King also saw the best in his nation, even when it seemed his nation was showing him its worst.
Dr. King's life served as a great guide for educators. We must be truth tellers to the students we serve, particularly in times like these where misinformation is spread like wildfire and ignorance is celebrated in echo-chambers. We also see the potential in each and every one of our students no matter what society says about them. We know the brilliance that is within them and we will work to bring it out of our students just as Dr. King worked to bring the best out of America.
Let us remember Dr. King's words that "the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically." We who are committed to education must engage our young people daily, ready to teach them to think intensively and critically. We are currently witnessing youth led movements across the country around the issue of gun violence. We applaud those young people following in Dr. King's footsteps to practice non-violent direct action to change the world they are living in. Their actions show despite the assassin's attempt on this day 50 years ago, his dream is alive today."
NABSE has restructured its relationship with corporate America to develop a network of Partners whose footprint will be that of college and career program building for America's classrooms - in particular, those classrooms where children of African descent matriculate or are enrolled.
Dr. Bernard Hamilton, Jr., NABSE Past President, announced in July 2014 the following Inaugural Corporate partners: