Celebrating The Life
of Dr. King:
A Reflection From SEO’s President & CEO

Yesterday, in thinking about the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I reflected on the fact that SEO would likely not exist without Dr. King.  Many do not know that Dr. King and the civil rights movement inspired the founding of SEO by Michael Osheowitz in 1963.

Dr. King also led and inspired countless others to actions that played a huge role in eliminating legalized oppression and discrimination, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. And yet, inequality and limited opportunities continue for far too many who are underserved and/or underrepresented in America. In fact, the gap between the haves and have-nots is growing—making SEO’s mission increasingly relevant today.

Clearly the work that Dr. King dedicated his life to is not over. We hope you share our pride in continuing that work through SEO – preparing young people to seize every opportunity for educational and professional success, with no limits on what they can achieve.

Over our 50+ year history, we have served more than 13,000 students around the world. SEO is addressing and eliminating the ongoing equity and opportunity gap, in all forms.

I can’t help but believe that Dr. King would enthusiastically endorse SEO’s efforts to create an equitable society and make his dream a reality.  After all, it was Dr. King’s dream for a better America that made SEO a reality.

Your support and participation in our work is still needed. Join us in turning untapped potential into newfound greatness. seo-usa.org