MLK Day Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!
Martin Luther King Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday in January.
The day is focused on acts of service, a day on and not a day off. Dr. King was a Baptist minister and a leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement (The King Centre). Often quoted and misquoted on this day and throughout the year, it is important to remember not to take his words lightly or out of context.
Today on Martin Luther King Day, we celebrate and honour Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme for this year according to the King Centre in Atlanta is “Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems.”
But how do we create a beloved community mindset?
By getting involved within our community!
On Monday, January 16 at 2:00PM in Fountain Commons, current Acadia students and Alumni activists including Junior Moaku (savemesavewe.com/) will share stories of their journeys with activism. Guest speakers will be sharing what activism is in young adulthood, passion projects, what led them to begin their activism journey, and how they got started. This is a great opportunity to learn how to advocate for change in the issues you are passionate about.
That isn’t your only opportunity to hear from activists, check out the recording of the Beloved Community Global Summit that took place online on January 13th:
Day 2, 2023 Beloved Community Global Summit
The Beloved Community Global Summit held by The King Center in Atlanta focused on bringing people together to talk about collaborative work that is being done creating progress towards a better future.
The King Center gives us three ways to “be love,” including:
- Identify 3 municipal, provincial or national policies that are unjust and begin to research them
- Research and consider investing money into a Black or Brown Banking institution and share that information with others
- Examine personal biases and stereotypes throughout the week. Make note of them each time they come up and find a solution to help remove that bias from your life.
Research plays into each of these ways to be love, and so this week is really about the little things that you can do – all it takes is a google search. You don’t have to go do hours of research (though that’s awesome if you do!), but even just a little, helps. Today is about action, and if we each do a little it will become a lot. The world might not change in a moment, but every little thing we do counts. So, if you can take some time or make some time in your week for a little research, I think we can learn a lot.
Here is The King Center’s video “Be Love,” you can either follow this link or go to YouTube and find it!
More Information and Resources:
The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/about-papers-project
The King Center’s Glossary of Nonviolence: https://thekingcenter.org/about-tkc/glossary-of-nonviolence/
The King Philosophy – Nonviolence 365: https://thekingcenter.org/about-tkc/the-king-philosophy/
The King Center: https://thekingcenter.org/
Wolfville Bylaws and Policies: https://wolfville.ca/town-hall/bylaws-and-policies
Nova Scotia Legislation and Bills: https://nslegislature.ca/legislative-business/bills-statutes
Canada Treaties, Laws, and Regulations: https://www.canada.ca/en/government/system/laws.html
The King Center: https://www.instagram.com/thekingcenter/
Check Your Privilege: https://www.instagram.com/ckyourprivilege/
Black Girl Mixtape: https://www.instagram.com/blackgirlmixtape/
The Conscious Kid: https://www.instagram.com/theconsciouskid/
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