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America faces a crossroads. Will the racial crises of Baltimore, Charleston, Ferguson, and Staten Island rage ad infinitum? Or will the founding principles of justice and equality be revived in ways that will finally fulfill the dream of which Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently spoke? American history demonstrates an enduring dynamic between Christian witness and racial justice. What will the future hold?

Cornell trustee emeritus Joseph Holland '78 gave the Alan T. and Linda M. Beimfohr Lecture Oct. 23, during Cornell's Trustee-Council Annual Meeting (TCAM) weekend. Holland, a real estate developer, ordained minister, Harlem-based attorney and civic leader, will be introduced by Cornell President Emeritus Frank H.T. Rhodes.

The Beimfohr Lecture Series is designed to bring a public intellectual to Cornell to address issues related to faith in a pluralistic society.