On Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Ceddia Union Building Multipurpose Room, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the African American Organization will host the 25th Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. March for Humanity.
This event honors the life and victories of King.
It also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.
The march is an opportunity for Shippensburg University’s students, faculty and community to unite in remembering King’s legacy and the impact that legacy had on fostering equality and justice for all.
King has been called one of the greatest civil rights leaders of the 1960s. He paved the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
He wanted to ensure that all people were treated equally by challenging segregationism through nonviolence.
He understood that it did not take one or two people to change the world, but it took the efforts of the entire world and love to change itself.
The impact of his legacy is why people continue to march today.
They march for equality. They march for humanity. They march against injustice and ignorance.
They march against poverty and for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
They march to continue the dream of King and to remember the significance of the civil rights movement.
It is appropriate that the theme for the march is “Celebrating 50 Years: The Movement that Changed the World.”
The 25th Annual MLKMarch for Humanity is a time for us set aside differences and embrace change.
King fought so that people all have the opportunity to have a voice and to speak out about things that divide them.
It is time that people take action and march for their freedom to be themselves and celebrate the things that unite everyone.
In one of his famous speeches King said, “We are made for this moment, let us not lose the opportunity to be the agents for change our generation is poised to become.”
The African American Organization would like to extend the invitation to all in the community to join in this memorable moment.
All students are encouraged to participate in this march to show their support for King’s efforts. Students interested in the event can obtain more information as well as complete the “Pledge to March” form by going to www.ship.edu/msa.
Completed forms can be dropped off at the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in Gilbert 100 Room 104.