Dr. Wesley Arden Dick Talks
About Albion and Albion College
The text below is an excerpt of Dr. Wesley Arden Dick’s talk at the inauguration of Dr. Mathew Johnson. See the article below for more information.
Where Presidential Candidate John F. Kennedy spoke at the Albion Train Station in 1960.
Where Martin Luther King addressed an audience at Goodrich Chapel in 1963.
Where a crew film outlining environmental activities was shown to America on Walter Cronkite CBS Report Earth Day April 22, 1970.
Where Cesar Chavez urged us to boycott grapes.
Where Cleve Jones described the creation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Where Bill McKibben warned about climate change.
Where Rosa Parks, Allen Ginsberg, Diane Nash, Barack Obama, Gloria Steinem, Julian Bond encouraged us in the struggle for justice.
When did it all begin?
And how did it come to pass that we are gathered here in this place?
In Albion, and at Albion College?
We are here in this place because a river runs through it.
The first White settlers were drawn to the confluence of the north and the south branches of the Kalamazoo River, known today as “The Forks.”
We are here because the first White settlers were drawn to the beauty of the land.
Rolling hills, lakes, hardwood forests, prairies, and oak openings; home to an abundance of wild animals, birds, and fish.
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Albion College is a private liberal arts college located in Albion, Michigan. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it was founded in 1835 and was the first private college in Michigan to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Its student population during the 2013-14 academic year was approx. 1,350.
The College’s athletic teams are known as the Britons and their colors are purple and gold. They participate in NCAA Division III and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
Albion College is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Michigan Campus Compact, an organization dedicated to encouraging student volunteerism.
As of 2013, Albion College was ranked No. 100 in the U.S. News & World Report list of national liberal arts colleges, and 115th in the Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges, which includes universities as well as colleges. U.S. News also includes a high school counselor ranking, in which Albion placed 85th among national liberal arts colleges.