Harper College

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that!"

-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Strength to Love, 1963).



The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion held our 2nd annual commemorative celebration in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at the amphitheater in the Wojcik Conference Center from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. with approximately 180 attendees. Highlights included the inaugural Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excellence in Service Award, which was presented to Darlett Bernard, Sodexo Catering Supervisor. Our very own Dr. Shante’ Holley, Professor, English Department, served as our keynote speaker and reminded us to always keep the why at the center of our work. Lastly, we enjoyed a renowned Chicago style steppin’ performance. A soul food lunch followed the celebration. Our sincere thanks to all those that attended, volunteered and participated in the formal program.

Click here to view the 2024 commemorative celebration!

Dr. King was a trailblazer and beacon of hope for many, and we must continue his legacy through community activism and a collective commitment to social justice! 


Joann Bland stands next to President Obama smiling

          (President Barack Obama and Ms. JoAnne Bland)

Click here to view the 2023 commemorative celebration which featured keynote speaker Joanne Bland, one of the youngest civil rights activists during Dr. King’s era. Ms. Bland shared some of the firsthand encounters and experiences she endured during the civil rights movement. Our program also highlighted strategies and ways to heed Dr. King’s call to activism, equity, inclusion, and social justice. 

Last Updated: 6/12/24