"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


intelligence is not enough

"Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one's self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

"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. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

"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. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Purpose of Education," an article written by King as an undergraduate in the Morehouse campus newspaper (1948)

(Photo: Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the campus of Morehouse College: AP/Rick Feld on thegriot.com)


Anonymous theblogrebel said...

You will never find another institution that takes the ore of Black manhood- that was mined from caves of Bondage, Brutality and Racism- to bring forth pure Gold like Morehouse College! It is this institution that says to young men your a diamond in the rough but your a diamond sure enough!

Monday, January 17, 2011 6:54:00 AM

Anonymous Don Stoll said...

When I opened this post to see the statue with its right arm raised, I had just read Peter Maass' critique in the Jan. 10 New Yorker of media accounts of the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad. I therefore "saw" Saddam and instantly formed an expectation of some withering follow-up commentary from you--but what a pleasure to have Martin Luther King instead of Saddam Hussein served up with breakfast!

Monday, January 17, 2011 10:32:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Morehouse graduate and it was nice to see Dr. King's picture, at least the picture of his statue, this afternoon. I like your choice of quotes.

Monday, January 17, 2011 3:36:00 PM

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