Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Service

MLK Multi-faith service
Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College
Richard R. Crocker, College Chaplain
January 15, 2012

Dr. King did not often speak about mathematics, except in this statement, which he often quoted:
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

This was a quotation from the nineteenth century abolitionist/pastor Theodore Parker.

About 100 years ago, our own President William Jewett Tucker, standing at this spot in this chapel, said to the assembled student body, regarding the relationship between faith and reason:

“If you have found the arc, you can cast the circle. That is the business of faith. Reason traces the line inch by inch. Faith discovers the curve and projects it.” (William Jewett Tucker, Personal Power, 1920, pp 173-4.)

So let us leave today, with faith that the arc of justice in human history projects a circle that includes us all, and that the circle will be unbroken, by and by.

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