Books That Inspire 2002

The Children
David Halberstam

I am often asked why an aging white male chose to spend a significant portion of my career working in civil rights law enforcement. The answer is simple. You do not have to be a victim of racial discrimination to recognize that it is despicable and unacceptable in a society of free people.

This book poignantly reminds me of what life in America was like in the not-too-distant past. Those of us who are old enough to remember the 60s must keep the memories alive and never allow society to regress. The book reminds me that while we have made amazing progress during the past 40 years, we still have a long way to go before people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
Jerry Jensen
University Equal Opportunity Officer
Equal Opportunity