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In Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

A graphic of two hands joining with the words Martin Luther King, Junior Day. The following message was written by Landmark College Alumnus and Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion, Marc Thurman '18:  

Today is a special day, a day to celebrate a family man, leader, and Nobel Peace Prize winner: the late great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this beautiful day, let us take the time to reflect on who we are and how far we have come. Let’s take the time to be grateful for what we have and what we can do together, to continue to improve and communicate with one another.

I know at times like this, during the pandemic, it can be hard to keep your heads up and to keep a positive mindset. I hope that with all that is happening, we can try to step away from ourselves and recognize and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and use this time to see what we need to continue to be and do, so we can be present and step up, and speak up, for those that can’t. 

We need to not allow one another to forget how far we have come and grown. We have all watched and heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lead and put himself second and other people first, because equal rights and moving forward together matters. I hope that we--as a community--understand that we have a responsibility to continue the work, to continue to try to be open-minded and to care for one another, no matter our differences, because we can live the dream of Dr. King. A dream that he was unable to live and see.

Understand for all of us to be able to work together, to have classes together, to eat together, is a gift, and a great gift.  We, as smart individuals, brave individuals and strong individuals, must continue to be the best versions of ourselves and try our best to be there for one another.

Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with hope in our hearts and our heads held high. Because we are the dream, and we must keep the dream alive.


"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me? But …. The Good Samaritan reversed the question. If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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