Springfield College collaborated with MLK Family Services, the Community Music School of Springfield, and D.R.E.A.M. Studios in hosting the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18, at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield. Springfield College Vice President for Inclusion and Community Engagement Calvin Hill and students from the Springfield College Department of Dance participated in the day’s events.
“Springfield College is proud to support this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day,” said Hill, who appeared on WGBY’s Connecting Point talking about the event. “Through embracing the theme of reclaiming the dream of the beloved community, we strive to march towards the goal of creating an inclusive community where every member is valued and welcomed. On this day, we will not only gather to celebrate our past, but through our youth, we come together to celebrate our future.”
This year’s Dr. King Day celebration included music, dance, and spoken word, from a variety of Springfield community groups and schools providing inspiration and reflection of the legacy of Dr. King.
One of the shining moments in Springfield College's history was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the commencement address at the College in June 1964. In 2014, Springfield College established the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, which occurs annually on campus each year, and honors the history of inclusion and diversity at Springfield College.