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Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 11, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) celebrated its 59th anniversary.

SCLC was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other activists of that time, and was a leading force in the American Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century. Many events over the past two years have reminded us that though we’ve come far in this country regarding justice and equality for everyone, there is much work to be done.

At The Chicago School we try to do our part every day by not only ensuring that our University is an environment where individuals are free and safe to be who they are and are valued, but also by encouraging and embracing the individual and collective diversity among our staff, faculty, and student body. Like Dr. King, we are committed to not only seeing change, but somehow effecting it. We honor our commitment to Dr. King and his legacy in several ways, including striving to teach the next generation of psychologists and behavioral health scientists to think critically about the world we live in, by engaging them in the communities around them and in our global community, and by teaching the importance of cultural competence in professional practice. Each campus held events honoring Dr. King such as a discussion titled  “Unapologetically Black: Racial Justice from MLK to BLM,” on the historical context behind today’s racial justice movements and how it relates to the legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement; a screening and discussion of “Fruitvale Station”; and an annual MLK Spring Day of Service, where our community volunteered at a local nonprofit serving lunch to the homeless and others in need.

On this day chosen to honor Dr. King, I hope we remember him for all that he has done, and take the time to appreciate not just our similarities but our differences as well.