We Are

Ferris to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. is a man who, upon seeing injustice in the world, took a stand while refusing to resort to violence. He was a man who was more than mere intentions; he was one who brought actual change to the world.

For over two decades, Ferris State University has been commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The tradition continues Jan. 21 – 23 with the “We Are” celebration in which a variety of events will be undertaken across campus to honor and remember Martin Luther King Jr.

“I enjoy the Freedom March because it is symbolic of the marches that occurred during the civil rights movement,” Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim said. “It honors the people who were beaten and jailed because they marched for basic rights—for example, the right to vote or use public transportation. When we march, we symbolically relive their struggle—a struggle that benefits us today.”

Amongst these events are tours of the Jim Crow Museum, the mentioned Freedom March, a Student Tribute, a Student Symposium and the featured 5-star event “Race Off.” More information about these events can be found on Ferris’ website.

“The MLK Week celebration is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to pause and reflect on the life and work of Dr. King,” Pilgrim said. “During this week, we are challenged to look beyond our personal needs and find ways to serve others. Dr. King gave his life serving others. I hope that students come away from the MLK events with a firm commitment to improve the lives of others.”

While many students enjoy the early break from class in the winter semester, they are encouraged to take time and reflect upon the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. There are certainly plenty of events for students to get involved with in the “We Are” celebration.

“The United States is more democratic and egalitarian than it has ever been,” Pilgrim said. “However, we are not yet the city on the top of the hill; the nation still struggles with institutionalized racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. In the words of the old Gospel song, ‘We ain’t what we ought to be, but thank God, we ain’t what we used to be.’”