Event Recap

Bunker Hill Community College Holds Inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomed members of its diverse community for a momentous occasion on Wednesday, January 30, 2024: the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Breakfast. The theme "Where Do We Go from Here? A Legacy of Social Justice and Human Rights” paid homage to Dr. King's enduring impact as a catalyst for social change, advocating for unity and understanding amidst division.

The breakfast served as a platform for a rich tapestry of voices, each contributing to a collective vision of an inclusive and compassionate society, echoing Dr. King's dream. Speakers from various backgrounds shared their perspectives, inspiring attendees to embrace the torch of activism and turn Dr. King's dream into a tangible reality.

Opening the event, Dean of Students Justice Kumahia set the tone for introspection and action, followed by BHCC President Pam Eddinger, who highlighted the evolution of the American dream through her personal family history, underscoring the enduring relevance of Dr. King's legacy.

English Department Professor Vijaya Sundaram, the Poet Laureate of Medford and accomplished educator originally from India, captivated the audience with a poignant poem, adding a global perspective to the conversation on social justice. Professor Gordon Curry, from the Communication Department, delved into the intersection of BHCC's history with Dr. King's legacy, urging attendees to reflect on their roles in effecting positive change.

Closing the event with powerful remarks, Nahomi Carlisle, Esq., Associate Vice President and Chief Equity and Compliance Officer, reminded everyone of Dr. King's enduring influence and the ongoing struggle for justice. She emphasized the resilience required to stand up against injustice and the collective responsibility to continue Dr. King's work.

In celebrating Dr. King's legacy, the Inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Breakfast at BHCC served as a poignant reminder of the ongoing journey toward a more just and inclusive society—a journey in which each attendee is called to play a vital role.