MTR Featured on The Red Letter Christian’s Blog
Thanks to Tony Campolo and Margot Starbuck for interviewing David and featuring MTR on his blog:
David, you’ve said urban education is the greatest social justice and civil rights issue in America today. Why?
Urban education is a civil rights issue because of the lack of sameness and universal quality for all children. It is also a justice issue because of the inherent marginalization from society that it fosters.
Martin Luther King said the Civil Rights Movement was a revolution. But not a revolution to overthrow or “get out.” It was a revolution to “get in.” Universal Quality was a key feature of the Civil Rights struggle. The request of activists was to get in to the sameness that most Americans enjoyed, to enjoy a share in the opportunities that the American economy and education system provided.
However, today, this request has not been filled. Nowhere is this dream more distant than in the realm of public urban education. The Civil Rights leaders of the 1960’s said “education was the gatekeeper of citizenship.” An education that excludes a group of children from the opportunities and benefits of a society is a justice issue.