adhere to the principles of non-violence practiced by Dr. Martin Luther King,Mahatma Ghandi and Cesar Chavez.
“These men brought together different cultures to realize the values of social andeconomic justice and civil rights throughout the world,” he said. “Our organizing
principle is a choice of values between conscience, which recognizes obligationsand compassions, against the convenience of self-interest.
Martinez says the foundation’s Conscience Builder Award is bestowed upon
those who understand the conditions of the poor and disenfranchised and are
“I’m honored to have presented this award to Admiral Smith,” Martinez said. “Iknow we’ll have a long
time relationship with him and Texas A&M.”
As a former admiral and president of the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve
and now president of a university, Smith says it may seem that he doesn’t have
much in common with Cesar Chavez. But, he says his early years showotherwise.
“I was raised on a farm, and I spent much of my early years working in the fields,”Smith said. “There was no hot water, and there was an outhouse in the back. The
other thing I share in common with Chavez is military service. We were both in
Smith says that shared upbringing built a conscience of core American valueswithin him that are within Chavez.
“I think what I most admire and share with Chavez is that you must have respect for others and remember that the least of us is the sum of all the rest,” Smith said.“I believe as Chavez did, that you should always
consider the needs of others andserve them as best you can. I am proud to have been honored with this award in
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