People bowed their heads and fell silent as Julie Canuto-Depina, this year’s recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship, asked attendees at the scholarship ceremony to join her in prayer.
Christie Louis, this year’s recipient of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship, said she first encountered King’s work in her fifth-grade history class, but she did not begin to understand the meaning of his words until later in life.
Rev. Edwin Johnson encouraged attendees at this year’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gathering to consider their idols critically, acknowledging their full humanity rather than a “pristine fairytale.”
Newton civic and religious leaders, activists, and students spoke at a virtual celebration honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. The event was hosted by the Harmony Foundation and centered around the theme of “Keep Moving Forward,” in light of the pandemic and widespread protests against the systemic racism facing Black Americans.
The First Baptist Church in Newton hosted the 52nd Annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. The celebration consisted of various speakers and community choirs, reinforcing the message of knowing your neighbor.
“Facing new challenges in the current political environment, we affirm our commitment to continuing Dr. King’s mission today, by supporting all members of the Boston College community who pursue equality over inequality, righteousness over self-righteousness, and non-violence over violence.”
Five undergraduate finalists were recognized at the 33rd annual installment of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship ceremony, with Cai Thomas, A&S ’16, selected as the winner.