Holy Cross to Honor and Reflect on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The College of the Holy Cross will host its third annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. The breakfast, which is sponsored by the Diversity Leadership Team, will feature guest speakers including Milan Brown, men’s head basketball coach; Bob Credle ’65, director of community programs at Urban Edge; and Holy Cross student Vicmarys Brito ’15. They will each offer personal reflections about solidarity. The breakfast is free and open to the public.

“Given recent national events, the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is particularly relevant for those of us committed to social justice and solidarity” says Greta Kenney, coordinator of diversity leadership and education. “The breakfast is open to the entire community, and provides us an opportunity to honor Dr. King as we stand in solidarity with each other.”

In addition to the speakers there will be a musical performance by André Isaacs’05, assistant professor of chemistry. He will be singing “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.

On Monday, Jan. 19 the College will host the eighth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon, co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education and the campus wide Hate: Not Here! Committee, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. The event encourages the development of leadership and activism modeled by Dr. King who began his social activism as a college student. The luncheon will feature a keynote address by Edward Augustus, city manager of Worcester.

“Ed Augustus, city manager and former director of government and community relations at Holy Cross, is another example of an individual who has committed his life to service, social justice and action,” says Mable Milner,  associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion and director of multicultural education at the College. “His leadership embraces diversity, inclusion, and engagement. He is a perfect and timely choice as speaker.”

The luncheon is being held as part of the Aptissimi: The leadership Conference. This event invites student leaders to explore, develop, and articulate their personal leadership styles. Aptissimi comes from a Jesuit philosophy of developing “as many as possible of the very best.”