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Students across our campuses celebrated Martin Luther King day on Monday 16 January – and have been telling us on social media how his work continues to inspire them.

Martin Luther King fought for equality for African Americans and was a driving force in the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. He played a key role in peaceful protests such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, where he delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech calling for peace and equality.

A great speaker, he told people “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle,” and said that the goal of education was “intelligence plus character”.

Assassinated in 1968, Martin Luther King’s work led to black Americans finally getting rights such as the vote, and segregation in education and public places being abolished.

Martin Luther King’s legacy continues to inspire people around the world today including pop artists such as Beyoncé, who protested against racial discrimination in her half-time Super Bowl performance and through her ‘Formation’ release. Movements such as #BlackLivesMatter continue Martin Luther King’s work by campaigning against racism towards black people by police a]nd others.

The College’s students were asked to comment on Facebook and Twitter about what Martin Luther King’s work has meant to them, which generated a great response. 

Charlene Wight, said "It’s important to remember those who have and will work tirelessly to achieve the right to vote for everyone. People like Martin Luther King sacrificed quite a bit for people to move forward. I don’t just mean black people, but for the whole world to move forward.”

Tutor Mark Dakin said  "As an educator, I've done my best to send the same message to my students and colleagues. My generation has helped us make progress, but I challenge the next generation to ensure Dr. King's dream becomes a reality."

"Martin Luther King Jr. taught me that non-violence and peaceful protest can bring about change and justice" shared James Garrick. 

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