Chancellor Milliken's MLK Day Message to CUNY

To the CUNY Community, The national holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provides an important time to stop and reflect on the life of this great American.

In 1963, Dr. King gave the commencement address to the graduates of The City College of New York. Much has changed since that June day half a century ago, but some of the issues Dr. King spoke of are still too familiar.

He addressed the racial disparities that troubled the nation and the great economic gap between rich and poor. He reminded his audience that, despite these divisions, we are all tied together in "a single garment of destiny." Dr. King spoke powerfully about the centrality of education, the importance of non-violence and his hope for a more equitable and just world.

While we have made much progress since Dr. King's CCNY commencement speech, we have not completed the journey. This day should be a time of rededication to the principles Dr. King so effectively advanced.

James B. Milliken
Chancellor