Students Reflect on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Published 01/20 2014 06:05PM

Updated 01/20 2014 07:07PM

(ATCHISON, Ks.) Nearly fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students at Benedictine College are honoring the civil rights leader and his struggle for equality.

"I know for myself being an African-American woman to be able to do what I feel I can do without having any limits would be an amazing thing," says Elyssa Sitti.

Erin Occena, another student at Benedictine, is studying to become a teacher.

Occena says she not only sees changes on campus but wants to teach future generations what it means to have equal rights. As a minority on campus, she says equality means everything to her and she hopes to teach that as well.

"You've got to meet them where they're at in a way that they can best learn because it's not all the same, and I think back in the day maybe we didn't know how to teach in a way that students learn best and we're learning from those mistakes," says Occena.

Others say, although we've come a long way, we still as a nation are working to achieve true equality.

"I think there is still a lot that we can do and a lot of it has to do with the change that we make in ourselves and holding ourselves to a higher standard so that we won't let other people not treat us equally," added Sitti.

While students here at Benedictine reflected on the impact of the late civil rights leader, tributes took place across the country to honor him, including a wreath laying ceremony in Washington D.C.

People are encouraged to do community service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The federal holiday is the only federal holiday dedicated as a day of service.

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