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#anabelgonzalezfigueroa #chicagotrip #minivacation #prebirthdaycelebration #wintervacation #mlkweekend #chicago #monday #lunes #holiday #feriado #MLKday #diadeMLK (at Chicago, Illinois)
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“There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom. It is worth paying for; it is worth losing a job for; it is worth going to jail for. I would rather be a free pauper than a rich slave. I would rather die in abject poverty with my convictions than live in inordinate riches with the lack of self-respect.”

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Here is a picture near the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. of the #MartinLutherKingJrMemorial that the parents took with their #iPhone in April 13th, 2014. A date in time #NDfamily at #NotreDame - 🇺🇸❤️☘️🇨🇮🍀. On #MLKday or #MLKday2021 or https://www.nps.gov/mlkm/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm - #MLKDayofService - We need more #peace & understanding!!! #AdayofService🇺🇸❤️🏛✊🏾✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏿Links: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/01/16/at-home/how-to-celebrate-martin-luther-kings-birthday.amp.html, https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/01/16/us/martin-luther-king-jr-day-service-ideas-iyw-trnd-wellness/index.html, https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/01/14/arts/television/mlk-day-events-online.amp.html, https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-martin-luther-king-jr-federal-holiday-2021/, #DrMartinLutherKingJr.’s words of unity and truth transcend how they are often twisted - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2021/01/18/king-holiday-martin-luther-king-jr-words-unity/4153503001/,
‘It hurts my heart’: MLK Day in DC subdued with King Memorial closed, city locked down - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/01/18/mlk-day-dc-martin-luther-king-jr-memorial-closed-inauguration/4199001001/, Politics updates: Biden, Harris volunteer for #MLK Day as Trump signs 3 executive orders - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/18/politics-updates-2-days-inauguration-bidens-picks-sec/4202741001/,
'It isn’t the same’: Cities host muted MLK Day celebrations after year of loss for many Black Americans - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/01/17/mlk-day-events-canceled-black-americans-grapple-year-losses/4182502001/, https://diversity.nd.edu/walk-the-walk/, https://hesburgh.nd.edu/fr-teds-life/champion-of-civil-rights/martin-luther-king-jr/ (at Washington D.C.)
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MLK Day Essay Contest: Meet the Winners

Tuesday, January 19 marks CSU’s 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Breakfast. Held in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), this event celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King, while also bringing to attention our responsibility to continue his fight for equality. Each year, students submit essays on the importance of carrying out Dr. King’s dream.

Meet this year’s essay winners, San Lý and Andres Portocarrero Bonifaz, and read what they had to say about participating in this MLK essay competition.

San Lý

Senior Marketing and International Business major
International student, Vietnam

CSU:  Why did you submit an essay for this contest?
SL:  I first learned about the MLK essay contest 3 years ago, and I found it really interesting, so I submitted an essay then. I didn’t get chosen but I kept on submitting an essay every year to the contest, so it has become a habit of mine.

CSU:  Were you surprised to be chosen as one of the winners?
SL:  I was very surprised to be a winner, especially because this past year so much has happened that I thought many people would feel passionately about this holiday and the number of submissions would be much more than the last couple of years.

CSU:  The prompt for the essay was Dr. King’s quote, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” What came to mind first when you read that quote?
SL:  Throughout the years, many different things have come to mind when I read that quote. However, this year, the first thing that came to mind was the Black Lives Matter protests that brought wider awareness to the systemic racism in the United States, and the men and women behind that massive movement.

CSU:  What do you hope people hearing or reading your essay will take away from it?
SL:  Though most people recognize Martin Luther King Jr. as one of the greatest men in U.S. history, not many people actually practice his advice and follow his wisdom. Dr. King may have left us half a century ago, but his words still resonate today, and it is urgent that we start hearing what he has to say.

CSU:  Can you share with us an excerpt from your essay?
SL essay excerpt:
This year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration is not only a significant holiday to African Americans, but it also marks the resurgence of the “Black Lives Matter” movement that brought wider acknowledgement of systematic racism in the United States. Even since its conception in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement has never been silent about the lives, the rights and the voices of the oppressed. They continuously fight for racial equality, fight for America to become an egalitarian country where people “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Andres Portocarrero Bonifaz

Second year graduate student
Medical Physics
International student, Peru

CSU:  Why did you submit an essay for this contest?
APB:  I believe that we need to start making changes in our society by contributing with whatever we can do at this moment. There are many issues that we face nowadays, and we can’t solve them by just waiting for them to magically disappear. It is not a matter only for the politicians or authority figures; all of us need to be concerned about how to live as a community and in harmony – it is something that should matter to every person. This is the main reason I submitted an essay for this contest. I firmly believe that by working together we will have a great future ahead of us, but we need unity and leadership. I am trying to do my part in achieving this goal.

CSU:  Were you surprised to be chosen as one of the winners?
APB:  I was gladly surprised that I was chosen as a winner. It makes me especially happy because I will have a platform in which my thoughts will be shared, and I really hope that my words will inspire other people to become active in their communities and contribute with what they can, with their own abilities and skills.

CSU:  The prompt for the essay was Dr. King’s quote, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” What came to mind first when you read that quote?
APB:  Hope. I remembered all the great heroes that we have had in the history of mankind. Even in the darkest times of humanity, there were people that have inspired others to achieve a necessary change. We need to learn from them and be able to understand that hard work and perseverance is needed to achieve our goals.

CSU:  What do you hope people hearing or reading your essay will take away from it?
APB:  I really hope that the people that hear or read my essay get inspired by it and become leaders. There are mentions to some of the problems we face nowadays as a society, and I want them to understand that the best way to tackle them will be with unity. Our strength is found in numbers, but we also need to find the best way to communicate ideas and share our philosophies. It is not only a matter of vociferating things out loud, but it is also really important to learn how we can reach other people’s hearts, and also to be tolerant with others.

CSU:  Can you share with us an excerpt from your essay?
APB essay exerpt:  
I am convinced that we have a brighter future ahead of us, but we need to work together: Unity makes us strong and allows us to achieve our goals. That is the main reason of why, we can’t afford to grow apart as a society, we need to be leaders and be able to share our thoughts and principles to bring people together, and tackle problems with different perspectives. By taking one step at the time and with all our contributions we will build a clockwork mechanism that won’t stop until all the necessary changes are finally achieved.

CSU:  What made you choose this excerpt to share?
APB:  It shows, again, the importance of unity. I want to remark that the best way in which we are going to solve the issues that we are all aware of, such as racial discrimination, corruption, poverty, or lack of access to healthcare, is by each one of us contributing with what we can and inspiring others to do the same.

Cleveland State is proud to have leaders in our community like San and Andres who are willing to voice their thoughts and continue Dr. King’s mission. All those who participated in the essay competition this year, and every year before, are taking brave steps together toward a brighter tomorrow.

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