“Elderly but dangerous…”

In June 2007, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeline Albright addressed Capella University‘s Anaheim colloquium.

The following is an except from her remarks:

One thing I refuse to do is to become silent… When I look around the world today, I believe, we need every available voice speaking up for democracy and tolerance, human rights and peace. We need every available voice encouraging young people to believe they can be anything they truly want to be, as long as they’re willing to work hard. And above all, we need every available voice spreading support for a simple but fundamental principle… that every individual counts. This principle is what education is truly all about and it is at the heart of our democracy. If we truly believe in and act upon it we will gain from the contribution of all people and we will live up to our nations highest ideals. We will have the basis for unity across every border and we will ensure our adversaries fail in their purpose of destruction and that we prevail in our purpose of helping to build a freer and more just future for ourselves and for all people.

Click here to listen to Dr. Albright’s address (followed by a Q&A).