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Taylor hosted Martin Luther King Jr Programming for the day amid national racial tensions and a pandemic on January 18

“Classes are suspended but learning continues,” said Maribel Magallanes, Acting Director of & Cultural Programs for Student Leadership

With the racial calculation of 2020 in mind, the university felt there was a need to focus on this year’s programming

“Last year we witnessed the history between the racial tensions that still prevail in our country,” said Magallanes “Next week is MLK Day, a time to remember the importance of being persevering and full of hope for a better future despite the injustices we may face”

Programming began mid-morning The day opened with keynote speaker, Joel Olufowote, Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence and International Education at Indiana Wesleyan University

Previously working for justice in Texas and New York, Olufowote had a lot to offer the Taylor community

“As an academic with a heart for community, I strive to use my own experiences to help bridge the gaps and create collaborative partnerships on college campuses and in surrounding communities,” writes Olufowote

“One of the great things to remember is that even during a COVID time, it is important that we respect our traditions,” said the Rev. Greg Dyson, Vice President for Intercultural Leadership and Church Relations “Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King jr is an important activity and tradition for us It is good that it is not a requirement for people to can decide how they can do it Part of this tradition was made in business when we first met “

“Dr Olufowote challenged us to learn about life with Dr King” said Dyson “Specifically not to build walls around our life He brought up those walls and fences and encouraged us not to be offended quickly Who indeed will build fences This is about living with the community in mind And a better understanding of Dr King’s Message from the beloved community In reality it is about living the Lord’s prayer on earth as it is in heaven “

Seven of Taylor’s faculty members led parts of the day’s events These parts included workshops covering civil war, reconstruction, hope and the future of American democracy

30 students actively participated in the programming “I hope the students took away knowledge that they did not have before and got involved well,” said Lauryn Terry, President of the Union of junior and black students I also hope they understand that asking questions is good and being uncomfortable about something is good “

The day’s programming ended in the afternoon with several remarks on how to fight injustice on campus

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