TO: Faculty, Staff and Students
On Monday, January 21, 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 reflect on the life, work, times, and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born in 1929, the son of a Baptist minister, as a young man he embraced learning, culminating with an earned 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.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.