Congressman Richard E. Neal speaks at Becker College

Published on Friday, January 25th, 2008

Congressman Richard E. Neal (pictured left, with coffee cup) took time out of his Washington, D.C. schedule to visit the Leicester campus of Becker College today to present a lecture, The Evolution of Civil Rights in America.

“Democracy is noisy,” he told Leicester High School and Becker students, faculty, administration and guests assembled in Daniels Hall. In the middle of a presidential campaign season, his words had particular resonance when he emphasized, “Elections matter. Presidential speeches matter.” He was talking about Abraham Lincoln and the pivotal speeches of his campaign, while imparting to the citizens in the audience some of the social urgency of the 1860s and the 1960s.

At a reception following the lecture, the Congressman took time to answer students’ questions about Civil Rights and the Constitution.

As a representative of Leicester, Congressman Neal has supported Becker College’s efforts to bring national attention to historical resident Reverend Samuel May’s significant activity in the early abolitionist movement, and the Congressman has been a strong proponent for the designation of the Reverend Samuel May House as an official visitor center on the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.