On Wednesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m., join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and SDACA as they partner to bring the Pace Community a very special 3rd Annual MLK Reception at the Schimmel Center in New York City featuring Bernice A. King, daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr. and renowned speaker and minister.
King will discuss the importance of social justice and the power of activism in the United States and will have an open Q&A session in the reception following. King’s visit to Pace comes on the heels of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the recent dedication of the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“There are so many movements that have started locally, like her father’s did, that have expanded nationally and globally,” says Denise Belen Santiago, director of OMA. “It’s an important time for activism in this country… It’s important to recognize that—even if we’re a tiny movement—we can grow and flourish and gain momentum.”
“The number one reason students, faculty, and staff should attend is to connect, reconnect, or recharge the passion to use our position of privilege and influence to help those who are disadvantage,” says Cornell Craig, director for Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs on the Westchester Campus, who has developed a brunch and discussion for students, faculty, and staff there on Friday, January 27. The theme of the program is “Silence of Friends” based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Professor Randolph McLaughlin from Pace Law School, a long-time advocate for civil liberties and voting rights, will be speaking in the Gottesman Room at the Kessel Student Center at 11:00 a.m.
“We all have the responsibility of humanity to first recognize inequality and then take steps to reduce and end inequality,” says Craig. “Ignoring inequality and oppression does not end it.”
For more information about the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Pace’s Martin Luther King Day events, please visit www.pace.edu/oma.