Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’” On Monday, January 18, 2016, scholars from Seton Hall’s MLK Leadership Program, family and students from the Premier Dance Theater Group gathered at a Youth Leadership Institute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his achievements and answer that question. The institute witnessed the scholars providing insight into some of the core tenets of affecting change in one’s community. MLK scholar student mentors focused on cultural power, personal power, community power, public power, and personal advocacy and imparting leadership skills on student attendees. They lectured on the value of each in bringing about positive change within their respective towns.
The event also featured a performance by the Premier Dance Theater Group from Montclair, NJ, consisting of fourth grade to college-aged students. The dances were mirrored to many of King’s speeches. “I really enjoyed it. Each one of their performances had a deeper meaning and connected back to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals. It inspired me to see these students all taking a step to make a difference in their community,” said Maria Mangru, sophomore and secretary of MLK Leadership Program.