Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — January 19, 2020

A Message from Clayton Rose
To students, faculty, and staff,

Happy New Year, and welcome to the ’20s! I hope you had a terrific break with family and friends. 

For those heading back to campus, I hope you will join tomorrow with those of us already here in observing the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and reflecting on Dr. King’s life, his legacy, and the ongoing work to achieve his as yet unfulfilled dream of peace, justice, and equality.

As many of you know, Dr. King delivered his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963, and less than nine months later he was on our campus, invited by a group of students. Today, as we do each year at this time, we remember his visit, and the profound and lasting effect he had on members of the Bowdoin community. By agreement with the King Center in Atlanta, a recording of Dr. King’s May 6, 1964, talk in First Parish Church is available through the month of February on the Bowdoin website. And, for those who haven’t seen it, we have also reposted a video produced last year that recounts the time Dr. King spent that evening with a group of Bowdoin students gathered in Main Lounge. It was a transformative and unforgettable experience for those who were there. The story of his visit can be found on the plaque that was installed last year in Moulton Union outside of Main Lounge.

Later this week—on Thursday, January 23—acclaimed civil rights lawyer and legal scholar Michelle Alexander will be on campus to present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture. Her talk, “Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. You can read more about the event and Michelle Alexander here. This is an important and timely topic, and I hope you will be able to attend.

Safe travels for those still on the road. I’m looking forward to beginning the semester and to having our campus come alive again.

All the best,