First Steps | Life-Long Commitment

“I’m convinced that this crowd was made up of people who were...“dog-tired of second-class citizenship,” of being made to feel less than a human being worthy of respect...One has to be open to the truth that at some level we are all the same and want the same things, like a peaceful community in which to live and grow and thrive.”

Dr. Dorothy Cotton, "If Your Back's Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement"

The U.S. Civil Rights Movement


Check out the Class of 2024's Leadership for this year's MLK Celebration

Traditionally, MLK Scholars have worked together to coordinate a reflective presentation to our campus community during our MLK Campus-Wide Celebration in January. This presentation draws heavily from their course work and Civil Rights Tour experience. 

This year, as all program-related travel was suspended due to the pandemic, our new Scholars were asked to address the question 'Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" in a final paper for their seminar. This question was posed by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 5th and final book. These final papers were compiled into one document and sent to the Biden-Harris administration in anticipation of the presidential inauguration. 

Scholars also designed individual learning or support resource for our campus community based on their own interests, values, focus areas of social justice, and skills which was released to campus during our MLK Celebration in January 2021.