Reflecting and Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President
Dear BHCC Community,
Our nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 in the aftermath of an insurrection in the Capitol that threatens our democracy. The presence of white extremists and their violent acts make it clear that the movement led by Dr. King to find equality and opportunity for all is far from complete. On this commemorative day, in the spirit of Dr. King’s work, I invite all of us to reflect on our own efforts in lifting up our Black communities and our communities of color, in recognizing the cultural wealth that our students and employees bring to our institution, and in envisioning a world where Dr. King’s vision of social and economic equity can come about.
As we celebrate Black History Month through February, BHCC has many opportunities for celebration and reflection. Please join us:
- Share a reflection to be included in an ongoing video collage. Send a 1-2 minute video in your words, a reading, or discussion of a quote or passage from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s writings or speeches, or a poetic expression written by you or another writer inspired by MLK (send to firstname.lastname@example.org).
- “The Beloved Community”- Reflecting on MLK’s Legacy and BHCC’s Engaged Campus, BHCC Celebrates Black History Month, Thursday, February 25, 6 pm. To learn more about King’s ‘Beloved Community’ go to https://thekingcenter.org/
- BHCC Library and Learning Commons digital resources for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including a library guide, films and digital resources, and films on demand.
Dr. King once said “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” (The Purpose of Education, 1948) We mind his words and his call to service as we push for change through educating our students and ourselves.
Wishing you hope, affirmation, and renewal in the days and months ahead.
Pam Y. Eddinger, Ph.D.