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Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrated at MSJC


Students, residents, faculty, staff, and officials gathered at Mt. San Jacinto College on Friday, January 27 to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The event titled, "A Day Celebrating the Life and Service of Martin Luther King Jr." was hosted by MSJC's Council of Black Leaders Achieving Change, Umoja, A2Mend, Ujima, and Sankofa.   

The program began with a keynote address by Brian Hawkins, City of San Jacinto councilmember, ordained minister, and social justice advocate, who inspired the crowd with his heartfelt speech. "We all play a big a big part of this, whether you are black, brown, white, Asian, whatever your ethnicity is we are all stitched into this American fabric," Hawkins said. 

This annual MSJC event brings the community together to remember the message and work of Dr. King to promote social justice and equity. Many guests were motivated by the tribute seen today and felt inspired to continue Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by upholding values.  

Dr. Kevin Baker, director of student life & development, strongly encouraged the community to visit to learn about how to get involved. “It just takes helping that one person to make a difference,” Baker said.  

Councilmember Brian Hawkins

Councilmember Brian Hawkins inspires the crowd with his touching and personal message in the keynote address.  

Dr. Roger Schultz

Mt. San Jacinto College Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz gives opening remarks during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event held on the San Jacinto Campus.  

MLK celebration presenters and attendees

(Left to right) Dr. Kevin Baker (Director, Student Life & Development), Dr. Roger Schultz (Superintendent/President), Brian Hawkins (Councilmember), Aaron Jones (MSJC student), and Dr. Von Lawson (Dean, Career Education)