MLK Jr. Celebration

It’s a day off today in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Tonight at 7 pm is the 20th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, featuring a keynote by Dr. Ibram Kendi. I hope many of our Deacs attend.

Since your students had a day off today, I hope they might have taken some time to reflect on the legacy of Dr. King. Each of us can contribute to fostering community and understanding, peace and fellowship, particularly when there are differences among us. That work could take many forms: reading about other cultures or people whose lived experiences are different than ours (The Warmth of Other Suns was probably the most important book I have read in the last decade), educating ourselves about history, culture, art, music, etc. that we are not familiar with, and – in the spirit of Dr. Hatch – being present and having real conversation with others.

Those are just a few ideas. Your Deacs will find their own way to honor Dr. King and live our Pro Humanitate motto.

Couple of other notes. On Friday, students living on South Campus received the following winter break maintenance update. And I need to make a correction to last week’s Daily Deac: the Math Center is now known as the Math and Stats Center.

— by Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)

 

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