Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama: Renewing our hope that rests on public education
Arizona high school math teacher and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel issued the message below in recognition of tomorrow’s Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. President Barack Obama will use a Bible that belonged to the Rev. King when he takes his oath of office.
On Monday, our nation’s first African American President will take the oath of office, the same day we honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, our most impassioned and celebrated civil rights leader. This convergence amplifies the importance of both events, and carries special meaning for National Education Association members who have stood up for social and economic justice throughout the organization’s proud 155-year history.
As President Obama begins his second term, the National Education Association is committed to restoring hope and bringing about change in our country by fighting for greater access to opportunity for all Americans. For too long, opportunity has been the province of a select few, while average Americans have been left behind. It’s time to address these inequities and restore fairness.