By Cynthia Lee
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated with unity and community last Monday on January 18th, 2016.Fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha and the office of inclusion and intercultural initiatives held the annual MLK Conference at the MSU Union.
In 1986 Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created as a federal holiday in the United States. a Michigan State University officially canceled the usual class schedule on 1998.
Ever since then, every year on the third Monday in January, the MSU and surrounding communities join in the celebration of Dr. King to reflect on his message of civil rights and social justice for all through nonviolent means.
The conferences consisted of open group discussions, and presentations from various MSU students discussing stereotypes, inclusion, and issues plaguing our generation today. The event concluded with a reading of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech, after that a everyone participated in a march to the MSU museum. At the museum students were served hot chocolate and cookies, concluding with poetry and songs performed by talented students.
The event was complete success, following the day with the community dinner in Hubbard dinning hall. The dinner also awarded recipients of the MLK Endowed Scholarship Program.