Although the Minnesota School of Business Elk River campus will be closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the campus isn’t letting the holiday pass without educating students on what they can learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.—44 years after his death.
7. There is strength in numbers.
More than 250,00 people came out to listen to King’s “I have a dream” speech. He publicly spoke more than 2,500 times. There is strength in numbers—it just takes one leader to stand up for a belief and people will follow naturally.
6. We’re all in this together.
Dr. King knew that he wouldn’t make any progress fighting for civil rights alone—he knew that he needed people by his side and that people needed him. Being a student is no different. You’re not going to school alone; you have a huge support system of staff, instructors and fellow students who are here for you through graduation.
5. Be you.
No matter what race, creed or religion you were, MLK, Jr. didn’t care—he just wanted people to be themselves. As students and future job seekers, you need to be comfortable with who you are and you need to be able to market yourself.
4. Words have incredible power.
King stood against violence and supported non-violent protests. He truly believed that his words alone could make a difference—and they did.
3. Passion is vital.
MLK, Jr. knew this better than anyone. He was passionate about equality and justice for all and it’s what set him apart from everyone else, and it’s what will set you apart from the competition in a job search. Be passionate about the program you are in.
2. Experience a setback? Move forward.
While fighting for his beliefs, Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested numerous times, abused, and even had his home bombed, but he continued on. As students, you will face many setbacks while in college and you will have to make a decision to either let your setbacks stop you, or you can charge ahead.
Believe in yourself, your values, your beliefs–believe that you can do it. You can make a difference. You can, because he did.