Kettering College Marches for MLK

Faculty, staff, and students from Kettering College took part in the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Memorial March in downtown Dayton on Monday, January 16, 2023. The campus was closed to allow students and staff the day to honor MLK and his impactful work in advancing civil rights.

The walk was a way to remember all he has done and to acknowledge the work isn’t finished. Various colleges, organizations, and places of worship took part in the march, which weaved through the heart of downtown Dayton. Local business owners greeted marchers with free water and hot chocolate and cheered them on.

Kettering College has ten new students from Ukraine, and some of those students participated in the march after arriving in the United States just one week earlier. They linked arms and walked with other Ukrainian students who have been here for a semester, reminding us that MLK’s dream is a universal vision that invites everyone everywhere.

MLK said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” This is exactly what the memorial march accomplished downtown, as people from all walks of life took to the streets in the name of social justice and equity. Thanks to everyone from Kettering College who came out for the march, and we’ll see you next year to continue this tradition.


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