Anna Fisher – News Editor
The Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Monday. The keynote speaker was community organizer LaTosha Brown whose talk focused on three evils Dr. King fought: racism, poverty, and militarism.
“I appreciate Ms. Brown’s honesty, in saying that we are still living with the three evils,” said Bernadette Ramsden, the Violence Against Women Act Grant Coordinator, “There is hope to move past these evils if we begin to make decisions keeping ‘the love of humanity’ in mind.”
Also honored during the webinar were Fatma Hussein and Zohaib Farooq, who were awarded the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. NICOR Gas Scholarship.
In her address and Q&A post-award session, Brown discussed race, wages, healthcare, politics, and social justice.
“Some might say her speech was ‘too political,’ but in my point of view, it’s everything Benedictine is about,” said Justin Chang, a former scholarship recipient, “Every person deserves to live a decent life and she put a stamp to that message.”
This event was part of a 21-day challenge for community education. Those interested in resources to fight racism can sign up to receive daily emails.
In March, the Teach-In will continue the themes of Antiracism, Public Health, and the Common Good, said Ramsden:
“As a Benedictine community, we strive to work, study, and live with our Hallmarks as a guide, always seeking the common good. Every year for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day we talk about his legacy, which includes service and fighting for justice. I am grateful that we have so many opportunities to continue having these conversations and moving toward action.”