"Whether it was Dr. King or someone else who first imagined the arc of the moral universe bending towards justice, you can be damn sure they did not mean that history bends towards justice if we're sitting on our asses.
Look around you. The outside world is far from automatically justice. It is a battle for the poor, a battle for justice, a battle to lift the health of the public.
Here is what I ask of you. Imagine that arc of history that M. L. King inspired us with. It's right here. The arc of the universe needs your help to bend towards justice. It will not happen on its own.
The arc of the universe needs your help to bend towards justice. It will not happen on its own. The arc of history will not bend towards justice without you bending it. Public health needs YOU to ensure health for all. Seize that history. Bend that arc. I want you to leap up, to jump up and grab that arc of history with both hands, and yank it down, twist it, and bend it. Bend it towards fairness, bend it towards better health for all, bend it towards justice!
That's your noble calling of public health."