“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021, Dr. King’s bold declaration of faith in the ideals of justice and equality resonates urgently and powerfully.
Dr. King’s fervent belief that these ideals will eventually win out, despite the difficult challenges and obstacles they face, is a key part of his legacy today. In a year that has done so much to remind us of the painful continuation of intolerance and racial prejudice in America, those who aim to “bend the arc” by upholding Dr. King’s mission and message have much work to do.
That is why NLU is celebrating MLK’s life and legacy with a week of reflection and activities to help advance racial equality and justice in higher education, which started yesterday and extends through next week. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Monday, January 18th
Acts of Joy: Joy4Teachers
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we invite you to spread a little joy. Our teachers and educators have been working tirelessly to keep our children learning during the pandemic. Let’s show our appreciation and bring them a little joy. Please use #joy4teachers and tag Office of Student Engagement with your Acts of Joy. Join a conversation about the importance of bringing joy to others in honor of Dr. King at 2pm CT/ 3pm ET on 1/18. Join us on Zoom.
Get Social for Dr. King
Students can select their favorite MLK quote to share on social media and use a NLU template to show school pride. MLK quotes will be sent to students or can be shared from our social media.
@nlustudentengagement for Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat; and @nlu_ose for Twitter.
Thursday, January 21st
Honor the National Day of Racial Healing: Join the NLU Community Conversation
Lastly, staff members and students are invited to set up a special Zoom background for MLK week, available below. Right-click the image and select “Save Image As” to download it.
“Here’s something that most people seem to misunderstand about Dr. King,” said Keith Baltimore, NLU Student Engagement Manager. “His legacy and life isn’t really for Black people. His legacy and the holiday are meant to help heal everyone else burdened and trapped by the sin and history of racism and hate. All of the crazy, divisive and troubling things happening in our country right now, these were everyday occurrences for Dr. King. So if folks could just take the time to read and study his principles, they will find, real solutions they can use right now”
Please join us and participate as our community remembers, honors, and renews the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. together!