MLK Day Procedures
  • Petitioned Washington & Lee University School of Law

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Washington & Lee University School of Law

MLK Day Procedures

    1. Petition by

      D K

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October 2012

Victory

Washington & Lee University School of Law Faculty & Administration decided to suspend classes on MLK Day, due in part to the 185 signatures gathered in this petition started by students.

Lexington and Washington & Lee have a long history in relation to the Civil War and that is something to embraced. However, this should not negate the fact that Human Rights, Peace and Justice should be fully embraced as well.

Sign this petition as a starting point to tell W&L your thoughts about MLK Day procedures.  I believe we deserve to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the issues he triumphed, but what form should the celebrations take? 

It would be incorrect to assume that W&L turns a blind eye to MLK day, as in the past, W&L has offered many programs aimed at recognizing and embracing the legacy of Dr. King although student turnout has been low.

However, W&L still holds classes on that day contrary to the policy of many other universities and schools.  While W&L does not recognize other statutory holidays, should MLK day be different?  Should we suspend classes and participate in the MLK National Day of Service? 

Feel free to use this petition as a forum to state your ideas about what W&L Law procedures should look like regarding MLK day or just sign to voice your support for MLK day and the principles Dr. King championed.  

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. How we size up...

      D K
      by D K
      Petition Organizer

      W&L, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame are the only law schools in the US News Top 30 who do not cancel classes or suspend classes for MLK events (via Academic Calendars online). The extreme majority choose to cancel classes.

    3. How we size up...

      D K
      by D K
      Petition Organizer

      Through my internet research of other law schools:
      W&L, Liberty and Richmond are the only law schools in VA, NC, MD, SC, TX, AR, MS, AL, GA and D.C. that do not completely cease classes on MLK Holiday. I haven't had a chance to check the rest of the states yet... but more states to come soon

    4. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Redd Ryan LEXINGTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Martin Luther King's legacy transcends race and politics. As Americans, it is our duty to remember and respect Dr. King and to promote equality until the Dream is fulfilled. W&L, as an institution of higher education, has an obligation to its students and staff to recognize MLK Day.

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    • Whitney Pulliam LEXINGTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Dr. Martin Luther King is an extremely important figure in American history who deserves recognition and respect. MLK day is a national holiday and it makes no sense for Washington and Lee not to participate. His legacy is one that should be recognized by this school as a way to move forward with diversity and tolerance. While understanding Robert E. Lee's importance to this university, the university should also be cognizant of the implicit message they send when choosing to celebrate one man over another and the effect that message can have on the minority students at this school.

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    • Brandon Hicks LEXINGTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday that honors a black man, or any racial minority. If W&L is serious about wanting to attract minorities, recognizing this holiday is a great place to start.

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    • Terrence Austin LEXINGTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Both of these 2 men are leaders, however, one was for changing history to allow everyone to be treated equally, the other wanted to preserve a history that kept people in bondage. Dr. King's legacy is the history which should be recognized as a TRUE American leader.

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    • David Bello LEXINGTON, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because he had a dream.

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