“He understood where he was. He was aiming at Dartmouth students. He was aiming at Dartmouth faculty,” says Orleck. “I actually think it was . . . both a forward- and a backward-looking speech.”
King’s speech is still relevant today, says Orleck. “On the one hand,” she says, “it is remarkable that the country has affirmed this president and it does speak to where we have come since King’s day. But at the same time there is still a great distance to go.”
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