Who said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” If you answered “Martin Luther King Jr.,” then you know what today is. Here’s another one: “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people but the appalling silence of the good people.” Damn. For its 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration , Santa Monica College presents keynote speaker Dr. Adena Loston, a former SMC administrator and president of St. Philip’s College in Texas, the nation’s only Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution.

Mon., Jan. 18, 9 a.m., 2010

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