A Life Worth Celebrating


The annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is just around the corner, with Monday marking the day when individuals around the country will reflect on this Georgia native’s many accomplishments. During this university holiday, I hope you will remember the sacrifice he and many others made to build unity, to promote compassion for others, and to ensure our nation would strive for equality for all its citizens.

Dr. King inspired change through non-violence, and in doing so helped alter hearts, minds and even laws. As a result of the efforts of Dr. King and the other members of the civil rights movement, we collectively made great progress toward being a nation that seeks to demonstrate greater respect and dignity for each other. He set an outstanding example for what it means to live a meaningful life.

It is certainly appropriate to honor his life and that for which he stood. At Kennesaw State, several events are scheduled that students, faculty and staff will be attending during MLK Week. Details on these events are available on the Cultural and Community Centers section of the KSU website: http://mlkweek.kennesaw.edu. The university will open its weeklong celebration Thursday with the Dr. King Legacy Luncheon, at which Mary Frances Early, the first African American to graduate from the University of Georgia, will speak. I look forward to hearing her inspire our campus community by sharing her personal story. Other notable events include a day of service and Six Voices, at which six members of the KSU community will reflect on the significance of words from Dr. King.

The conversation will continue the following week with Kennesaw State Owl Creed Week, which will highlight some of the tenets that make our university great, including an event that focuses on our Commitment to Diversity. Our university will continue to remain true to its principles as we work to provide the best education possible for our students.

I encourage you all to engage in this weeklong celebration for Dr. King and take the bold steps to live a life worth celebrating.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten