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The FFT Civil and Human Rights Committee encourages you to share and explain that Monday is not just a day off for students and staff, but that Monday commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King JrHe was the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and an activist for nonviolent social change until his assassination on April 4th, 1968. During a time where racial tensions were so prominent he chose to show by his actions that he could love those that hate him. By advocating the use of non violent tactics to make his point he slowly started exposing the insidious systemic racism, racial violence and other explicit biases that exist against people of color. His life and lesson shows us that we can’t just stand by and watch injustice occur, even if those who are committing the wrongs are powerful and in the majority. Baseless and biased attacks on one group of people should be a concern for all of us. Many people choose Dr. King’s birthday to do volunteer work, and social action in his name. Whatever you choose to do, remember that his life, his murder and his legacy is one thread in the large fabric of this country.


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