MLK Day marks a very important day in America’s history. It celebrates the birthday of one of the most influential African-Americans that our nation has ever witnessed. Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A day where the nation observes the dedication of this man who successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law that changed the fate of so many African-Americans. Along with being a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King, Jr. was also a man who was best known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement where he used nonviolent civil disobedience based on his religious beliefs. Dr. King left his mark on American history for the better and we should all strive to take a stand for justice in America. As his dream speech quotes, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
We, as Iowa State Students, had the opportunity to have this day free of classes and school obligations to observe as a student body what this great man did for our country. As a university, we have events throughout the week to prepare for this holiday. A carillon concert, community and campus programs, and a notable speaker are among a few of the activities that Iowa State hosts. Students and community members were welcome to join in the festivities and celebration that occurred on January 18th, 2016.
For further information on campus activities pertaining the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, please refer to the Iowa State University News Service page. With these activities to further educate and appreciate what Dr. King did and said all those years ago, we have a duty to make this nation everything it should be; equal and fair for all, no matter the color of our skin.
Posted by: Brittany Miller