TO: The University Community
RE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
On Monday, January 16th, Nicholls State University will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As each of us enjoys that day away from the routine of campus life, I encourage all members of the Nicholls family to consider closely the life, work and times of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born in 1929, the son of a Baptist minister, with an earned education through that of a doctorate, Reverend King organized the African American Civil Rights movement and, in doing so, provided extraordinary leadership to seek change through non-violent civil disobedience.
With Reverend King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, his leadership and the lessons he taught us through his good works became part of American history. However, it is incumbent upon each of us to remember those lessons and to carry his work forward. That responsibility rests on us, not simply on the occasion of Reverend King’s official day of remembrance but at all times throughout the year.