"Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, struggle, and the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Without persistent effort, time itself becomes an ally of the insurgent and primitive forces of irrational emotionalism and social destruction. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in "Stride Toward Freedom the Montgomery Story", 1958
This year's theme "A Time for Vigorous and Positive Action" encourages us as a community to engage in what is happening where we live, work, learn and play. Each of us needs to be brave and willing to stand up and take action in the pursuit of true justice on every front. Our community needs us to be active participants as opposed to unengaged bystanders. We celebrate those who speak up, who advocate for those without voice, who create opportunities to serve and learn — those who weep and cheer, and those who make a difference in the lives of others. All of this is evident in the work of Father Greg Boyle, Dr. Kristie Ford and in the work of this year's Social Justice Awards local, national, and international nominees. We celebrate Dr. King, his vision, and those who have taken action to bring this vision to reality. We celebrate progress while having our eyes on the very next right thing to think, say, and, most importantly, do. Participating in the many events and programs being offered on campus during these few weeks in January will give us opportunities to learn, celebrate, and participate actively with the broader community in order to fulfill Dr. King's legacy. You can view a detailed schedule of events at (dartmouth.edu/~mlk). Campus leaders and organizers welcome and encourage you to participate in every facet of the 2014 Celebration. Your presence will make a difference.
We look forward to seeing you.
Gabrielle Lucke Chair, 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee
Last Updated: 1/14/14