Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a quintessential adult educator and social justice advocate. The Highlander Research and Education Center has to its training credit Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and Septima Clark who, as attendees, learned strategies and models for adult literacy and civic engagement used to power the American Civil Rights movement. Dr. King was an explicit advocate for restorative justice for black American citizens via reparations (Coates, 2014). We share the common aims of human fulfillment and positive social change with the association. We also agree that AAACE’s vision is operationalized in its mission to advocate for public policy and social change that expands adult growth and development, ultimately resulting in more productive and satisfying lives.
We welcome feedback and comments from AAACE members (or the general public) about this call for reparations to black Americans (ADOS). We feel it is a very timely topic and a justice claim long overdue.