Good evening Hunnewell,

This morning I attended a Martin Luther King Breakfast hosted by the World of Wellesley at Wellesley College. We were treated to the voices of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard. In Swahili kuumba means “to create”. This group was founded in 1970 and stands as the longest existing and continuous black organization founded at Harvard. Their mission and vision is one in the same: to proudly proclaim and celebrate the creativity and spirituality of Black people. Their music was inspirational and called for us to gather together one more time.

Chuck Collins, researcher, author and social activist, was the keynote speaker. He spotlighted the economic and racial inequality that exists in our country today and called us all into action to recognize it and work together to close this gap. His recent title, Born on Third Base, will be the book that World of Wellesley will recommend to organizations, formal and informal, to read and discuss together (more information to follow).

I was deeply moved by the music and words shared at this morning’s breakfast and am thankful to work in a school community where we measure our strength, not on the success of a few, but on the success of all.

Please join me in paying tribute to Martin Luther King who said, “In a real-sense, all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be, until you are what you ought to be and you can never be what you ought to be, until I am what I ought to be.”

While I am not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, this sounds like one worth taking up.

Sincerely,

Ellen

Martin Luther King Day
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