Ohio Christian University Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On January 21, Ohio Christian University will close to honor the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his essential leadership in achieving victory in the Civil Rights Movement, the struggle for which he ultimately sacrificed his life.  

This day offers an opportunity to consider the wisdom and enduring importance of Dr. King’s contributions to establishing and maintaining liberty, freedom, and equality for all -- regardless of race, religion, or gender, not only in the United States but everywhere worldwide.

Some of King’s insightful and profound observations to recall on his day are:

  • Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
  • Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.
  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

King was assassinated in Memphis, TN, in 1968 as he planned a march in Washington, D.C., for the Poor People's Campaign.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1971, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated in 2011 on the National Mall. Streets across the country are named in his honor.

In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. After his death, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.

Ohio Christian University stands with the principles rooted in scripture and taught by Dr. King.  We believe all people are created in the image of God.


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