Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King

10th January 2018

Martin Luther King Day, which takes place on 15 January each year, is generally seen as a day to celebrate the promotion of equality; regardless of race or colour. As most of you will be aware, Martin Luther King worked as a Baptist minister and a civil rights activist and began making a significant impact on race relations in the mid-1950s. As head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, he was also a major spokesperson for nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights Movement. This movement protested very successfully against the racial discrimination perpetuated by the authorities.

He played a significant role in ending the legal segregation of African-Americans in the South and across the nation, in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and also in the creation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  MLK is famous for his 1963, “I Have a Dream” speech. He received many honours, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, before he was assassinated in April 1968.

To recognise the far reaching effects of his work and campaigning, our students took part in a rolling programme of events, which featured: educational displays and talks, jazz and dance performances, powerful films, the transmission of key speeches delivered by Martin Luther King as well as filmed interviews with students revealing how they see themselves see the impact of his legacy.

These activities were run in conjunction with Race and Diversity Consultant, Don John, who is well known for pioneering Black History Month in Southampton. Don John says, “Today was a brilliant example of how a learning institution successfully integrates an International day into the education process”.

Listen to BBC Radio Solent’s coverage of the events here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05tylg6

Watch ITV News Meridian’s coverage of the events here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eDQ8dJ89YI