Dr. King famously said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." The Civil Rights Act changed the face of the nation, bending the arc sharply on July 2, 1964. But much work remains. On the 50-year anniversary of its passage, let us rededicate ourselves to the task of building a fairer, more just society.
I still remember watching the news that evening. While plenty of white people screamed about the decision, I most vividly recall the reaction of Mrs. Mildred Coughlin, the principal of Western High School. She was gracious and calm with beautifully styled white hair and dressed in a soft pink suit. "I will never see a colored girl graduate from my school," she firmly stated.
Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards. And those concerns are well-placed.