Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech is considered one of the 20th century’s most unforgettable moments, but his path to becoming the face and leader of the civil rights movement in the United States wasn’t always clear. In fact, it was accidental and more a matter of right place, right time.
“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle. And I know what struggle is. I have spent a lifetime trying to share what it has meant to be a woman first in the world of sports so that other young women have a chance to reach their dreams.”
Due to her ostracization, her undergraduate studies were isolating, and she didn’t feel particularly welcomed. Yet, despite being accepted into doctoral programs at Brown, Harvard, and the University of Chicago, she chose to continue her doctoral work at MIT. Part of her motivation for this decision was that she “wasn’t going to give people the satisfaction of getting me to walk away.”