Letter to the Editor: Friday, January 14, 2004

Guest Columnist and Guest Columnist

MLK Jr. Day is more than just a day off class

As you all know, this Monday there will be no classes. Do you know why that is? For those of you who do not know, I’ll attempt to explain.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He was one of the most influential civil rights leaders and made great strides to build equality in America.

So I ask, what does that mean to you?


Well, to me it is a huge deal. Because of the accomplishments of Dr. King, I am able to attend college, eat where I want to, and interact with people of all nationalities. I am able to speak up about things I do not agree with and not have to face being beaten because of it.

See, Monday, for me, isn’t just another day out of classes, but instead is a day to remember a remarkable man. It is a day to reflect on how one man with a dream helped to shape the way America is today. I think a lot of people get caught up in just getting out of classes and really don’t take the time to realize why they have the day off.

I feel this day is just as important as any other holiday, and should be given the same respect. So I ask you all this Monday to take some time to reflect on Dr. King and the impact he has had on your life.

I leave you with a quote from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech: “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Has this day come? Will it ever?



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