Forty five years after Dr. King's life was taken on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, his dream lives on. His dream lives on because of the work of people like C.J. Stewart, who find enough burden in their heart to dedicate their lives to improving those of others.
Restorative practices is a movement slowly transforming troubled schools and troubled communities around the globe -- a movement replacing zero tolerance and other punishment-based and wildly ineffective practices that increase people's feelings of separation and alienation from one another.
Changed attitudes, values and behavior are the building blocks of empowerment. So, what needs to happen to fix our schools is not rocket science. Priorities for parent involvement need to be changed and alternative approaches explored.
All parents ought to step up and take care of their children and teach them self-control and the value of education. But pointing blame at parents when students are not making progress in our classrooms is weak.
I told Mr.Cosby I needed to attend the Bar Mitzvah of my best friend's son. "That's quite fitting that you'll be doing that at the same time as I'm speaking," he told me with a heartfelt intensity. "Because I'm going to Cleveland for the very same purpose."