Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16, 2023

Dear Campus Community,

On October 26, 1967, six months before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a timeless address to the students of Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia.

In his remarks, Dr. King urged, “However young you are, you have a responsibility to seek to make your nation a better nation in which to live. You have a responsibility to seek to make life better for everybody. And so you must be involved in the struggle of freedom and justice.”

At Gettysburg College, we talk a lot about socially responsible citizenship. It is central to our mission. In practice, this means expecting more from ourselves than a mere awareness of the injustices endured by those within our society. Rather, it demands our active involvement in remedying these injustices.

This spring, you will be exposed to a wide range of activities, events, and programs that are dedicated to advancing freedom and justice. We encourage you to take full advantage of these opportunities and to get involved.

One such opportunity is From The Mountaintop: The 41st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m. tonight in Christ Chapel. Following the event, we will process to the College Union Building, where every Gettysburgian will be invited to add a cherry blossom “dream” to a mural display in The Junction.

We hope you will join us for this special celebration, and embrace Dr. King’s wisdom by getting involved on campus and beyond throughout the semester ahead.


Bob Iuliano

Eloísa Gordon-Mora
Chief Diversity Officer