“He fought for equality for all people,” Hamilton said. “We’re still in that fight. Fighting for equal rights for everybody. He was at the place pulling people together, all different backgrounds. The picture was bigger than black and white.”
Through the Years: Martin Luther King Jr.
To illustrate that point, pictures of Miami’s students hang in Hamilton’s office. It’s obvious, she said, that the students look different, but what’s hidden is their sexuality, religious beliefs, military status and disability.
For our country to ultimately reach King’s dream, people must set aside their pre-conceived notions and misgivings about others, she noted. She believes today’s younger people — those 20 and under — are better prepared to embrace diversity. They have traveled more, experienced more of the world, than older generations, she said.