“Dr. King’s dream lives here at SUNY Downstate,” SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall told an audience at the academic medical center in downtown Brooklyn.
He had just received the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award from SUNY Downstate – and the story he was about to tell made the gesture all the more appropriate.
On July 23, 1963, McCall appeared on the cover of the New York Times after being one of over 200 picketers arrested during a sit-in beside the very same school he was speaking at today. He believed civil rights was not only a problem in the south, but also in the north – even in Brooklyn.
After working as a community organizer for only three weeks – he had found his first issue.
Watch for yourself to find out what it was: