Sacred Heart University commemorated the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this week with a two-day event, entitled “Community Celebration and Reflection.” On Wednesday, a student forum led a discussion on such topics as race, sexuality and religious beliefs.
Keynote speaker at Friday’s event, Faye V. Harrison of the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences, continued the discussion on racism, stereotypes, social justice, diversity and more. Describing King as a “spokesman for a struggle,” she noted that his sacrifice is still relevant today. “He was not a colorblind dreamer,” she said as she described his influence on a number of 21st-century revolutionists.
Student Asia Calcagno emphasized the importance of dialogue and alliance. “It’s important to create dialogue to end the marginalized experience,” she said. “When people can openly discuss their experiences, then we can gain perspective about the unknown.”