Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects us all indirectly,” reads a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and civil rights activist who stood behind peaceful protests and helped to greatly influence the American society during the 1950’s and 1960’s. His continuous effort to end racial discrimination would have a lasting impact on American forever.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day looked different this year. ndiana State University makes it a priority each year to hold a candle light vigil to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Along with many other events that ISU would have typically held on campus with students, faculty, and Terre Haute community members, these events have been drastically changed due to COVID-19 measures.

Last year, ISU invited students, staff, faculty, and the Terre Haute community to this candle light vigil. Poems were read to the attendees along with quotes and other inspirational pieces. Hot chocolate was also given out to those who attended.

This year, ISU celebrated M.L.K. Jr. Day in a couple of different ways. The ISU Center for Community Engagement teamed up with Compassion Games take part in the “MLK 40 Days of Peace” and the “40 Days of Courageous Service.” Both of these events started Jan. 15th and will be in motion until Feb. 28. These events include different acts of service and acts of kindness. For more information, visit compassiongames.org or contact Jessica.starr@indstate.edu.

On Monday Jan. 18 Dr. Rana Johnson, Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives at ISU, held a M.L.K. Jr. webinar via Zoom. Other organizers of the event included the City of Terre Haute Human Relations Commission. The webinar was a community learning objective and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. The event was free and open to everyone.