Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dear members of the Gettysburg College community,

In his final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, Dr. King offered a sweeping analysis of the state of the American Civil Rights Movement. In it, he advocated for the moral rejection of racism, poverty, and the many other societal ills that have long perpetuated the status quo and that have prevented us from achieving our fullest potential as a people.

Today, as you return to campus ready to begin a new semester of intellectual exploration and personal growth, we ask you to consider not only how you may help tackle these enduring societal challenges. But we also ask you to consider how you may nobly disrupt the “status quo” of the Gettysburg experience by finding new and more powerful ways to empower difference, across its many dimensions, to advance our shared mission.

One meaningful step toward this intention would be your welcomed attendance at our 40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Majestic Theater.

“We Shall Overcome” is a free concert presented by composer and pianist Damien Sneed, and features our own Gettysburg College choirs. The concert will showcase a repertoire from across African American music traditions, as well as interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

We encourage all members of the Gettysburg College community to join us as we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King, and collectively seek to ignite transformative and lasting change for one another, and for what is right.


Bob Iuliano

Jeanne Arnold
Chief Diversity Officer