It Is Happening Here
On September 26, 1963, Jim Rouse gave a speech entitled, “It Can Happen Here” in which he outlined the goals he had for Columbia. Monday night at The Columbia Art Center, Barbara Kellner spoke about how his speeches moved people to act.
His ideas were, without a doubt, ahead of their time. Note the passage where he says, “that the ultimate test of civilization is whether or not it contributes to the growth— improvement of mankind. Does it uplift, inspire, stimulate, and develop the best in man? There really can be no other right purpose of community except to provide an environment and an opportunity to develop better people.”
It hasn’t always been easy. Just like any community, Columbia has had her ups and downs. But I am very optimistic about where we are today. We continue to move forward armed with with the confidence Rouse had in us. In our ability to live the Columbia Dream of developing better people.
We’re still here and still going strong, 47 and a half years after he gave this timeless speech: