Barriers broken, but more work to do

From the Register-Mail:

On the eve of the inauguration of the nation’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 — and indeed the two have similarities beyond the color of their skin — but there is a difference between a civil rights activist and a president.

“Presidents must compromise. It’s part of the job description,” said Hamilton, an associate professor of history and chair of the American Studies program at Knox whose presentation was titled “The Audacity of Citizenship: The Meaning of King in the Obama Era.”