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MLK Protest Mural
Martin Luther King Jr. Mural at the National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Colleagues and Students,

On Monday, we will join with people throughout our nation and the world to remember and celebrate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was born on January 15, 1929, and he was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. I offer these quotes from him for your reflection:

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” (Christmas sermon, 1967)

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” (Letter from Birmingham jail, 1963)

If you have an opportunity to volunteer for service on Monday, here are two sites in our area you might wish to explore:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Morcom Rose Garden
700 Jean St., Oakland
10 AM – 2 PM

Uhuru MLK Day Event & Volunteer Project
7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
10 AM – 3 PM

May the vision of Dr. King be re-ignited on Monday as our nation and our world are in desperate need of peace and equal rights for all.

Have a safe weekend and holiday,
Carol Sellman, snjm