From the Register-Mail:
On the eve of the inauguration of the nationâ€™s first African-American president, the eighth annual convocation to celebrate Martin Luther King Day at Knox College took on added significance this year.
Featured speaker Konrad Hamilton told a crowd of faculty, students, prospective students and community members in Harbach Theatre on Monday morning the temptation to compare Barack Obama to King is great â€” and indeed the two have similarities beyond the color of their skin â€” but there is a difference between a civil rights activist and a president.
â€œPresidents must compromise. Itâ€™s part of the job description,â€ said Hamilton, an associate professor of history and chair of the American Studies program at Knox whose presentation was titled â€œThe Audacity of Citizenship: The Meaning of King in the Obama Era.â€