The Dellums Center for Activism + Innovation
In 1967 at UC Berkeley's Sproul Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about his stance against the Vietnam War, which had been received with rebuke. People wanted Dr. King to "stay in his lane, " that of civil rights. Dr. King told us that he couldn't segregate his moral concerns.
He also said that there were two kinds of leaders--those who wait until consensus is formed and then rush to the front of the pack to "lead" it, and those who have the audacity to form and mold opinions, even if they're unpopular.
That day, Ron's life was forever shaped by Dr. King's speech. He went on to serve as a courageous Thought leader who advanced new notions of justice that changed the world.
Ron's visionary leadership has been responsible for watershed social justice outcomes such as the federal divestment of South Africa's apartheid regime, end to dangerous nuclear weaponry, creation of the Global AIDS Fund and PEPFAR programs to stem the HIV/AIDS pandemic, end to genocide in Bosnia, policy solutions to structural discrimination against Boys and Men of Color, and consistently serving as the radical and effective activist in the halls of Congress.