'At MLK event, Holy Cross student leaders are urged to listen, build bridges'

In a recent post, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette highlights the College of the Holy Cross eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon for Emerging Leaders. The event, held on Monday, Jan. 19, was co-sponsored by the Holy Cross Office of Multicultural Education and the campus-wide Hate: Not Here! Committee. The luncheon was part of the college"s Aptissimi leadership conference, a day-long forum which encourages the development of leadership and activism modeled by Rev. King, who began his social activism as a college student.

Once director of government and community relations at Holy Cross, city manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. returned to the College as the luncheon’s keynote speaker. Augustus urged student leaders to be part of the local and national conversation about social injustices, inequality and making communities better for all.

"We want our community to be a safe place, where we are all free to live our lives and share our gifts," says Augustus. "Worcester is not Ferguson, Missouri, or Cleveland, Ohio, or New York City, but as Dr. King said: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We may not always agree on how to address those injustices — certainly not everyone agreed with Dr. King — but if we come together in an honest effort we can make change happen.

The MLK luncheon stands at the forefront of the College’s new campaign “HC in Solidarity,” a semester-long program which will consist of a series of events — including panel discussions, common readings, and academic and cocurricular programs — exploring the reality of what it means to live in solidarity.

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This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Jacqueline Smith ’15.