Michael J. McCutcheon, a doctoral student in counseling psychology, was the winner of the 2012 MLK Oratorical Event on February 7th. The annual event, sponsored by Steinhardt’s Graduate Student Organization, honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King’s Jr. through students’ original speeches.
McCutcheon’s oration, ‘Speak Out, Speak Up!” asked the NYU community to make freedom and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) people a personal issue. Using King as an example of a leader “whose manner, words, and actions served as a beacon of hope and light for his peers and for young people,” McCutcheon also urged members of the LBGT community to become role models by speaking up, being visible, and fighting for equal rights.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The only way for us to achieve the goal of freedom and equality for all, is to speak up and speak out,” McCutcheon said.
(Photo: Michael McCutcheon)