'Talk Tuesday' Event Focuses on MLK's Legacy

January 25, 2017

'Talk Tuesday' Event Focuses on MLK's Legacy

'Talk Tuesday' Event Focuses on MLK's Legacy 

How would Martin Luther King Jr., champion of civil rights in the 1960s, judge race relations today? What would he have to say about what is happening in the country and the world? And what does his legacy mean to Americans, especially in this current political climate?

In the wake of the national holiday that celebrates King, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice asked these questions, and many more, during their “Talk Tuesday” event on January 17. Each week, Talk Tuesday presents an opportunity for Wentworth community members to discuss the most prominent topics of the day.

“We wanted to create a way for students to speak informally about topics that they thought were important or potentially challenging,” said Ricky Meinke, the center’s assistant director. “We’re always ready to have a conversation.”

During the Jan. 17 event, Meinke posed questions to the students about King and his legacy, but also encouraged them to ask their own questions.

“We like to welcome all potential beliefs or ideals. We want to empower our students’ voices,” said Meinke. “Maybe they have never been able to talk about these types of things openly, and we want to give them a space to do that.”

Talk Tuesdays for the remainder of the semester will cover a wide range of topics, including social justice in films, women in STEM, Black Lives Matter, and social media culture. But the one constant is the driving force of student participation.

“No matter what the protest is, any movement that is for being progressive is the best way to live up to King’s legacy, especially on the holiday,” said Bertrand Saint-Preux, BCOS ’19.

“That has to be continued through the year,” added Alanah Morm, BSME ’20. “We can’t just stop after the holiday is over. We have to continue to make progress.”

The Talk Tuesdays series will continue each Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. for the duration of the semester in the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (ground floor of Beatty Hall). All members of the Wentworth community are welcome to attend.

-A.J. Martin

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