Celebrating Diversity and Dr. King’s Legacy

We are all different, and we need to celebrate and be more accepting of those differences. Here are two little known facts about the month of April: it is Celebrate Diversity Month and also National Arab-American Month. Go figure!

Today, is April 4, 2016. Does that date have any historical significance?  Yes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on this day in 1968. Dr. King has been dead now for almost 50 years, but his legacy lives on.  Just last week, our Board approved the designation of Dr. King’s birthday as a College Holiday. It’s been a long time coming. Dr. King’s birthday was declared a national holiday in 1983 – that is 33 years ago. It is important to note that while MCCC’s campus has not closed on Dr. King’s birthday, we have celebrated it as a Day of Diversity. Our intention now is to celebrate that entire week as a Diversity Week and that particular Monday as a Day of Service – a “Day on” where we engage in various voluntary community/campus activities.

As I always say, the United States is the greatest country in the world because of our diversity. Dr. King’s birthday is the only national holiday that represents that diversity in this nation of ours. Dr. King’s dream applied to all people, not just African-Americans. He espoused, fought, and died for justice and equality for everyone. Let’s respect and honor that.

So, as we remember Dr. King’s death and legacy today and celebrate Diversity and Arab-American Month, let’s keep in mind that this great nation is a nation of immigrants and that is what has sustained this nation since its founding. All of us, regardless of background (ethnic, religious, or otherwise) are part of this equation. Join us as we celebrate our differences throughout this month and beyond.

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