Community members celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. together virtually on Monday, January 18. Denise LaRosa, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, led a Living History program which included performances, a keynote address, and a special presentation by Ellis students.
Ellis alumna Indea HERNDON ’04, an engagement and inclusion consultant at UPMC’s Center for Engagement and Inclusion, delivered the keynote speech and spoke about what motivates her to work toward a better future and how Dr. King’s legacy lives on today. The Glee Club performed African American Spirituals, "Amen" and "We Shall Overcome", and Ellis students read excerpts from Dr. King's "I Have a Dream '' speech.
“It is my hope that our celebration of Dr. King will remind us of two things—peacefully fighting injustice is a collective effort and it is an effort that must have love at its foundation,” shared Ms. LaRosa. “Whenever you feel overwhelmed by this work, remember Dr. King’s words that you can do small things in a great way. Think globally and act locally. If we all do our part, we will see better days.”