Mary Metlay Kaufman

Mary Kaufman, giving the commencement speech at Hampshire College (Amherst, Massachusetts), 1976. Photographer unknown.

   "I hope you will join with me when I say:

   I reject the tolerance of corruption in government.

   I reject the notion that I sit idly by while our cities rot; our minority people are oppressed, our    elderly demeaned by semi-starvation and pauperism.

   I reject the inhuman and amoral values which dominate our priorities.

   I reject the notion that we are powerless to change the course and I ask that you join with me in    the effort we need to make in reshaping our world."

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