MLK Jr. Essay Contest Winner

January 23, 2012

The 2012 Colleges of the Fenway Staff and Faculty MLK Jr. Breakfast will feature an essay by Wheelock student Nural A. Mohammed about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in her life.

In the essay, Mohammed tells a story about how a classmate's disparaging comment about her black Barbie doll inspired her to learn about social justice by reading up on pioneers like Martin Luther King Jr. and Ruby Bridges. Her reading ultimately inspired her to pursue her current dream of helping the people of her native Palestine reconcile with their Israeli neighbors.

Here is an excerpt from Mohammed's essay:

"Over the course of my childhood many dreams of mine have faded but because of Dr. King and others like him, rather than fading, this dream of living in a peaceful Jerusalem where people can get along regardless of religion of backgrounds has only become more of a reality to me than ever before. I have seen the impact and change that Dr. King has made on the world and I know that I can use my voice to do the same.

"Just like Dr. King had a dream, I have a dream to one day graduate from law school and become an international lawyer in the United Nations. I have a dream that I can help Palestinian and Israeli children to not forget but, like Ruby Bridges, forgive the injustices and bloodshed of those who they are taught to call their enemies. I have a dream that together we can tear down the wall that separates two groups of people who were once one.

"Dr. King did not set his dream into motion on his own, it took hundreds of thousands of voices to make it happen, but his voice impacted and continues to impact hundreds of thousands of people decades after his death."

The breakfast is Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, 8:15-10:15 a.m. at Mass College of Art and Design's Pozen Center. Click here to register to attend.

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