Title

(Asa Hillard) Central Washington State University 1989 Commencement Address

Streaming Media

 
Media is loading

Collection

Asa G. Hilliard, III Papers

Document Type

Video

Date Information

1989-01-01

Playing Time

1900-01-00

Abstract

In 1989, Asa G. Hilliard, III delivered the commencement address at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Beginning at time mark 19:53 the President of Central Washington University, Dr. Donald Garrity, introduces Dr. Hilliard, who starts speaking at 24:29. In the address, Hilliard tells the story of George Bush, the first person of African descent to live in the Washington territory, and Bush’s son William, the first African American to hold elected office in the state of Washington. Hilliard’s speech focuses on the importance of cultivating wisdom to be truly educated, admonishing the graduates not to become enslaved by overconsumption or by the technological tools becoming available. He quotes T. S. Eliot, Plato, and Frantz Fanon, among others to illustrate the theme. He notes that knowledge and ability are not enough without perspective. Hilliard’s address ends at time mark 43:34.

File Name

auc.092.b215f01.19890000.vid0012

Rights

All video content in this collection is protected by copyright or is the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information or to inquire about permission to publish, please contact archives@auctr.edu.

Share

COinS