Fellow Oles,

On January 19th, I remember a man who gave his life to heal a nation; a nation that was suffering from the disease of injustice, violence, anger and hate. I remember a man, who preached and truly believed in the fruits of unconditional love. His movement has taught me that light is the only cure for darkness, love is the only cure for hate, and violence begets violence. In the midst of working towards my goals and aspirations as a St. Olaf student, this day serves as a reminder that I should always spread love in my path, fulfill my objectives with integrity and, most importantly, always stand up for the truth.

Dr King’s sacrifice opened the doors for students such as myself to attend a renowned institution like St. Olaf College and drink from the fountain of knowledge. With this knowledge we are able to go out into the world and achieve our dreams. As a result, we are all celebrating the gift of Martin Luther King Jr. as a nation and as an institution. St. Olaf is celebrating Dr. King by hosting several events over the course of the month that will commemorate his legacy.

On January 19th, St. Olaf will be celebrating Martin Luther King Day by hosting a chapel service at Boe Chapel (10 AM), featuring the St. Olaf Gospel Choir. At 3:30PM, MCA will recognize outstanding creative and original works that reflects Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s quote, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (in the Sun and Gold Ballrooms). At 3:45 PM there will be a lecture by (Dr. Forbes Lecture Information) in the Sun and Gold Ballrooms.
From 6:00 to 7:30 PM students will lead an Anti-Oppression Workshop in BC144 (Pre-Registration required).

On January 23rd The Table and Diversity Awareness House will be hosting a dinner and conversation, where students and faculty may come together to discuss old legacies and their contemporary relevance. This event will be at Felland House from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. (Cost: Free)

Amani Kibola
Interim Diversity Celebrations Committee Coordinator