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There is no doubt that education helped shape and influence the life and values of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His mother, a teacher, taught him to read before he even started school. He began college at age 15, skipping two years of high school. He finished first in his class at Morehouse College, completed a second bachelor’s degree, and then earned his Ph.D. at age 26. So it should come as no surprise that as an undergraduate at Morehouse he wrote the following in a 1947 article for the college paper titled The Purpose of Education:
“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society…We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.”
As a direct result of his education, King met his life’s purpose. During his studies he discovered the theory of nonviolent resistance, first through Henry David Thoreau’s essay On Civil Disobedience, and later through the writings of Mahatma Gandhi. His informed and philosophical reflection prepared him to meet the overwhelming civil rights challenges of his time with intelligence, poise, and articulation. One of Dr. King’s most frequently quoted lines states: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.” Not everyone discovers his or her passion at a young age, but the life of Dr. King shows that having a strong education can provide clues.
Whether you have already taken your first step on an educational journey or are getting ready to take the first step, CSULB’s College of Continuing and Professional Education would like to be a part it. Our passion and purpose is to transform the lives of our students by helping them reach their highest potential through education. We offer a variety of degrees and professional development programs that can help you chart your course and discover your passion. For the most up-to-date listing of our courses and programs, go to www.ccpe.csulb.edu