Today, as we honor Dr. King’s legacy, I wanted to share with you some of his words that have particular meaning to me as our state struggles through uncertain times – but they aren’t from his famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions.”
And speaking on education, Dr. King once remarked,
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”
Dr. King often spoke at length about the struggle of education. In a letter he wrote to the Morehouse College paper, he described the ultimate goal of education as to not only prepare young people for future employment but to teach “quick, effective thinking.”
I think Dr. King was exactly right. Education is a topic very close to my heart, as I’ve spent my life as a child welfare and education advocate. Serving on the Tulsa school board is one of the greatest honors of my life. To help prepare our children not only for their own future but for the future of our communities and our state was a privilege I am thankful for to this day.
We need to invest in that education for our children and make sure Oklahoma’s leaders of tomorrow are ready to tackle the hard problems they will inherit. I’m supporting Drew Edmondson because he understands these challenges and has the experience and leadership ability to take them on. He knows that while there are no easy answers to our state’s most pressing issues, he will work with the people of Oklahoma to find the best paths forward.
As we continue to build a more inclusive, thoughtful future for ourselves, we all need to look past those easy answers and half-baked solutions. Our state needs new leadership ready to take on the tough fights and not kick the can down the road. Our children deserve better and we can’t wait any longer.
I hope that today you take time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy.
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre