Remembering Martin Luther King

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By Roger Snodgrass

Los Alamos National Laboratory continued its tradition of outstanding diversity programs Tuesday with a talk by Julian Earls, former director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center.Communities across the United States will commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. this week and on the official holiday next Monday with talks by preachers, sociologists, politicians, distinguished African-Americans and former lieutenants of the visionary martyr himself.It may be easy to take these occasions for granted and perhaps hard to imagine what a NASA administrator from Ohio might bring to the occasion.Earls’ talk, delivered with emotion, passion and sidesplitting humor was appropriately aimed at applying King’s expansive moral legacy on the personal level and in the workplace.Earls spoke of common humanity, humility, love and honor and appreciation for family and friends.Although he has been a presidential advisor, carried the Olympic torch through Cleveland, has nine degrees – including his doctorate from the University of Michigan and a business degree from Harvard – Earls didn’t reveal an ounce of vanity.Of his own parents, he recalled that they prayed for rain during harvest seasons so they could go to school rather than work in the fields. Although they may not have reached high school, he said, “They were self educated.

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