Last Friday, I had the huge honor of speaking at CalTech in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Getting to speak at such a prestigious institution, where everyone in the audience was certainly smarter than I was already a big enough deal. To add to my honor, though, I found out that I was speaking in the same space that Dr. King spoke in 61 years ago when he visited the school.
I spoke about the continuing need for people to wage nonviolent struggle, just as King had. People tend to focus on Dr. King’s words about love and unity, but in doing so forget that King also dreamed of mounting a massive nonviolent movement to end poverty, war, and racism. He was a revolutionary who said believed that true change would only come through nonviolent struggle.
Afterward, I got to have lunch with black student leaders, which was probably the best part of the day. Listening to the projects these young black scientists are working on made me feel like the future is bright.
You can listen to the whole talk below.
Note: I had a huge slip while delivering this talk when I said Palestine when I meant Iran. Please forgive me.