College Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

The College commemorates the holiday.

The College commemorates the holiday.

The College hosted several events yesterday in commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This holiday, first observed in 2000, celebrates the birth of Dr. King, who played an integral role in the midcentury civil rights movement. Dartmouth has set up a website dedicated to this celebration. The mission of the program, according to the website, is to “explore what we learn in our society and what shapes us as we negotiate the diverse world that surrounds us.” In line with recent pushes by the administration to combat exclusivity, it is later stated that “a campus that values difference and supports diversity is a campus that encourages its members to explore the complexities that are central to intellectual life.”

The day’s event’s included an employee celebration breakfast, a student forum dealing with global learning, and the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil Procession, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. At Dartmouth Hall, a looped presentation of Towards Freedom: An Audiorecording of King’s Speech with Images from the Civil Rights Movements, was hosted during the day. The Tucker Foundation provided a service opportunity with a quilting marathon in collaboration with Our Savior Lutheran Church, which will use the quilts for refugee relief. Finally, Professor Ella L.J. Bell Smith offered a Keynote Address regarding the day of celebration.