Professors and teachers have played important parts in getting students to and through college. But nobody has played a longer or more important role than their parents. If only we could equip and empower more mothers and fathers to get fully behind their children's education, our college graduation rate would be much higher than it is.
If Dr. King's "March on Ballot Boxes" speech has taught us anything, it is that we cannot afford to be complacent. We must do everything within our power to push for progress in our community. We must ensure that our voices are heard -- and that our voices will drown out those who strive to reverse the social advancements we have fought so hard to achieve.