Michigan Tech will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week’s worth of activities.
Director for the University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion Kellie Raffaelli said this will make the 30th year that Michigan Tech has celebrated this important week. “It’s mostly important to recognize his commitment to civil rights and his fight against injustice,” she said. “But at Michigan Tech, too, it’s important to honor Dr. King as he represents a population that we don’t have many students and members of our community or are African-American so it’s important for our community to highlight the achievements of someone as great as Dr. King.”
The programming begins Sunday with a community-wide gathering and panel discussion at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church called “Let’s Talk About Race,” in the Copper Country.
On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, students will visit local elementary schools to read from selected works highlighting the life and lessons of the civil rights leader.
“Michigan Tech students will be going to Houghton Elementary School, Hancock Elementary School, and the elementary school in Dollar Bay to read to the children about the life and legacy of Dr. King. We’ve been doing that for about four years now,” Raffaelli said.
The celebration also includes a banquet on Monday and more panel discussions during the week.