The Perfect Ending



With tears in his eyes and a quivering lip, Professor Richard Parker provided me with the perfect coda to not only my last class at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, but also to four years of graduate school and my entire experience in Boston. If only he knew just how apropos his words were.

Recalling his own experience as a young boy on vacation in the South–a time when he recalls asking his mother why “Colored Water” wasn’t coming out of the drinking fountain as the sign indicated–he shared with us words he heard from John F. Kennedy during his speech at Amherst College in 1963:

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable…for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

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