A Tribute to the Dream: Expressions of race and identity in society

Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

It’s a sentiment about hope, about meeting adversity with compassion. And it’s how Northeastern journalism professor Dan Lothian—former CNN Boston bureau chief and White House correspondent—opened a wide-ranging conversation among an accomplished group of scholars and thinkers during Tuesday’s event, “A Tribute to the Dream: Expressions of race and identity in society.”

The event, attended by a standing-room-only crowd on the 17th floor of East Village, was the cornerstone in Northeastern’s annual celebration of King’s life and legacy.

Noting the university’s stewardship of William E. Carter Playground, the spot from which King began his only major march in Boston, Aoun encouraged the entire Northeastern community to continue King’s fight for equality.

“Just as learning doesn’t end when we step out of the classroom, neither does our responsibility to fulfill Dr. King’s dream,” he said. “This means always asking, ‘How can I make Northeastern—and the world—more welcoming for others?’ By taking ownership of this question, inclusivity becomes experiential. Inclusivity becomes Northeastern. Inclusivity becomes a shining strength in our lives, entwined in all that we do.”

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