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Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

Remembering The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Friday, Jan. 15, the community gathered in Pendleton to celebrate and remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King, a Baptist minister and civil rights activist, played a critical role in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He received the Nobel Peace Prize and four years later was assassinated. He is remembered as one of the most influential African-American leaders in history.

The service was organized by Dean of Institutional Diversity Carolyn Lewis and highlited many of King’s accomplishments throughout his lifetime. According to Lewis, "the purpose of the program was to commemorate the timeless values Dr. King taught through his example of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity and humanity. The school community was called upon to remember Dr. King's legacy through service, activism and leadership. Several students were inspired by the messages shared in the program and used its content as a catalyst for conversations about social justice and change at the Upper School Diversity Conference which they attended the next day at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School."

Maya Glenn ’16 shared the following words in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King:

“In many ways, his life represents the ideals of this community, as well as those of our country as a whole. Today we hope to invoke his convictions through his words as well as those of other prominent speakers, leaders, teachers, and activists who share the spirit of what his life represented. It is through these voices that we hope to share the understanding that he would have espoused. That the struggle for civil rights, the fight for justice, the acts against oppression, and the duty to love should be both the conviction and responsibility of all.”

Watch the full service here.