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Reviving the Dream: A Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year marks Mount Ida College’s 20th annual celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. As we come together to honor Dr. King on the 50th anniversary of his untimely assassination, this year’s theme, Reviving the Dream, invites us to reflect on the current state of affairs in our society. Further, it serves as a call to continue the work against social injustice throughout our community and beyond, as Dr. King’s teachings, writings, and actions encouraged. Each year, we are reminded to think about what we can do to achieve the “beloved country,” as described by Rev. Dr. King.

The celebration is a weeklong event at the College running from January 22-26, with a number of presentations, film screenings, and gatherings designed to educate students on the history of social injustice and current conditions. The week culminates in a signature luncheon—past speakers have included Michael Sam, LGBT activist; Michael Curry, Boston NCAAP president; and Daunasia Yancey, Black Lives Matter founder. This year, Dr. Cornell West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and author of Race Matters, a classic work in the realm of race relations, will offer remarks.

Mount Ida’s Social Justice Programs underscore the commitment of our students, faculty, and staff to ensure a diverse and inclusive community at the College. These programs encourage students to get involved through various events and activities, which are designed to raise awareness of how they can make a difference in the struggles against social injustice.

Civic engagement and service learning are fundamental to Mount Ida,” said College President Barry Brown. “Our students develop their understanding of social justice on our campus, where our diversity is our strength, and from involvement in programs locally, nationally, and internationally in all areas of their studies and interests.  Our goal is one of service to one’s own community during college and throughout their lives.”

Learn more about our Social Justice Programs