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There is something about this Florida air clean and alive, that reminds me of Texas. There is much similarity between Texas and Florida that has nothing to do with oranges and grapefruit, but it has to do with people and climate. The sun is warm, the people are friendly, and the tomorrows are always bright with hope. Thank you President Williams, for your gracious welcome.

Thank you, too Dean Pelcher and Dean Miller. It is good for me to be with two of the great Senators of our tine, your own senior Senator and my long-time friend Spessard Holland. Florida citizens have shown good sense and sound judgment in keeping this good man in the United States Senate where he can serve his State and his Nation. And I am so glad today to see my old colleague and my loyal friend for many years, your brilliant, young Senator George Smathers. He has distinguished Florida by his record and his ability in the United States Senate.

Thanks, Governor Bryant, for your being here with me, too. I'am so proud to call you my friend and I want to say here in Florida how much all the people of the Nation regard you as a good American.

There are few Congressional Delegations that have more competent representation than Florida's. My friends Paul Rogers and Dante Fascell, and Claude Pepper, are in the forefront of all that is valuable for your State and your country. I was happy to have welcome me outstanding citizens of this great State, like Warren Goodrich, Tom Fleming, and Mrs. Annette Baker.

I would like to pay tribute to the consistent leadership of the Florida State Cabinet. I commend the people of Florida for men like Tom Adams, Ed Larson, Ray Green, Jay Keans, Tom Bailey, and Doyle O'Connor.

This is a proud occasion, President Williams, for you and for your colleagues, for this community, and for Florida and for me. It is always exciting to dedicate a new university.

The good book tells us that "One generation passeth away and another generation cometh," and if I speak with special feeling about this, it is partly because I was a teacher once. I like to think sometimes that I still am. This feeling also goes back 30 years to my work with the National Youth Administration. My job was to see that thousands of boys and girls were not denied an education because of the financial hardship of their families.

As a tenant farmer's son I almost didn't get any college education, and I know how much difference a full education makes. For me it was a passport out of poverty.

Not long after I became President, I was having dinner one night with the Canadian Prime Minister and Secretary Rusk, Dean Bundy and a number of other people. They were talking about their college days. Finally, I had to give the toast of the evening and I said, It is such a privilege to be here this evening with three graduates of Harvard, two of Yale, four from Princeton, five Rhodes Scholars and one graduate of the San Marcos State Teachers College."

So it means a great deal to me, President Williams, that you would ask me to come here today and give me this honor. Your plans for Florida Atlantic University are drawn from the experience of the past, and they meet the specifications of the future. You reflect in these plans what I see of the new future for education in America, and particularly in our part of America. There are three elements in it

First, it must be a new future of full equity in educational opportunity for all Americans.

Second, it must be a future of new learning to meet new demands.

Third, it must be a future of new methods which are necessary to teach much more to many more. I wish that as we meet here on this Sabbath Day, in all the freedom, luxury, and prosperity that is ours, that we could count the blessings that are ours and somehow bring it home to each of us that we are no stronger than the weakest among us. The great privilege and the responsibility of your next President of the United States, whoever he may be, will be to participate in two great new prospects, and I would hope that the modern, intelligent, imaginative, patriotic Floridian would furnish great leadership in these prospects.

The first prospect is the conquest of outer space. I would remind you that we cannot be first on earth and second in space. The second prospect is the development of the inner man. I believe, I genuinely and sincerely believe, that every American boy and girl born under this Flag has an unqualified right to all the education that he or she can make good use of, and a responsibility to get it. Now, if in our local communities we can make adequate provision for all the classrooms we need, and we can man all those classrooms with adequately trained and properly paid teachers, well and good, because the best government is the government that is closest to the people. But if we find somehow in our economic operations that it is necessary to have some State support, then before we turn our back on realizing the ultimate potential of each individual, we must have the State Join with us. And rather than to sit idly by and do a mediocre job, or only do part of a job, and ultimately wind up in the classification of 120 nations way down. that list, then it is necessary to draw upon the national government to support and to supplement, and to do whatever may be required to see that every Florida, every Mississippi, every Alabama every Texas, every New York boy and girl has all the training up here in this technological age that he can properly take, because the competition in this century is great and is dangerous.

 
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