Dr. King’s message is more important than ever
I am Christopher Hunter, Director of Equity and Engagement for Schoolcraft College. First, I would like to thank you for selecting me as your representative to make this environment welcoming and successful for everyone. I look forward to working with you to continue this institution’s progress towards Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Justice.
Today we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in uncertain times. We as a nation haven’t been this polarized for decades. Or, perhaps the advances of technology have allowed us to livestream just how divided we have been. The true meaning of democracy is under a 3D microscope while the designs of hatred are coming through a 3D Printer.
However, I am encouraged because it is in our darkest moments when we see the stars. The rumblings in the streets have feet marching together from communities once forbidden to congregate. We are no longer marching to the same tune; that status quo song that enables injustice. The voices of the voiceless are breaking through the veil of oppression. The most tragic expression and prejudice of humankind’s inhumanity toward humanity can no longer rule as a dominant paradigm. As Dr. King would say, we are becoming drum majors that instinctively respond to the changes necessary to make this nation great. Schoolcraft College is immersed in the waves of change and dedicated to balancing the scales of justice.
Let’s remember why we are celebrating this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As we are all influencers in our way, let us influence what is excellent in us as a people. Let’s not forget to look at who is next to us, and more importantly, who is behind us. Let’s ask if there is a way we may utilize our privileges to love and serve humanity. Dr. King once said that a person who does not have something for which they are willing to die is not fit to live. He was ready to die for love, justice, and truth. So, let us live and fight for the same mission. In our unity, Dr. King’s Dream will be our reality.
Christopher A. Hunter
Director of Equity and Engagement