Celebrations set in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

MIDDLEBURY — During a week when Americans remember and honor Martin Luther King Jr., Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) will offer a Day of Activism and Service on Saturday, Jan.  21, so members of the college community can discover ways to harness their skills, passion, and knowledge to bring about social change.
There will be activities throughout the day including workshops on white privilege, Black Lives Matter, and gender inclusivity. CCE is encouraging students to participate in the Women’s March on Montpelier on Saturday afternoon, and from 2 to 4 p.m. the CCE staff is conducting “drop-in activities” to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, learn about Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Campaign, and develop strategies “for care and compassion for yourself and others.”
Emma McDonald ’16, the AmeriCorps volunteer in CCE, and Ashley Laux ’06, the associate director of CCE, helped organize this year’s “Remembering MLK” events. They explained: “Dr. King refused to accept racial and economic injustice, oppression, or violence, and spent his life fighting for change through community action and nonviolent protest. In that spirit, we invite students, faculty, and staff to join us and honor his work.”
Monday, Jan. 16, is national Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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