Ithaca College’s annual week-long celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kicked off on Monday, Jan. 20, with a presentation by first-year students in the college’s Martin Luther King Scholars Program and a discussion led by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs La Jerne Terry Cornish, based on the week’s theme, “A Time Comes When Silence is Betrayal.”
The presentation by the MLK Scholars focused on their thoughts and reflections of the group’s October 2019 tour of key sites in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. During their tour, the students visited sites such as King’s birth home in Atlanta and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala.
Along with sharing their experiences during the trip, the Scholars also focused on connections between historical and modern forms of oppression that people of color have faced in the U.S., such as slavery, mass incarceration, lynching, and mass detainment and deportation of immigrants.