U.S. Consul General Brian Heath commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with 100 English Access Microscholarship and Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC) students. The event included a viewing of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream Speech,” a speaking competition and two skits. Also attending the event were Evolution CEO Sidra Niaz, PACC President Fahim Millwalla, PACC former President Rafiq Tabani and PACC English Language Programs Director Madiha Rehman.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Mr. Heath “was an inspiring individual who spent his life working toward peaceful change. He believed in the hope of a better world for all. Dr. King embodied the exceptional values of compassion, courage, truth, justice, and service. Through his leadership and vision, the United States was forever changed into a society with greater equality for all.”
Mr. Heath called on participants to “take this moment to stand together with one voice and call for tolerance, peace, and non-violence, values that Martin Luther King, Jr. held dear.” According to Mr. Heath, Dr. King envisioned a world where people and nations triumphed over poverty, racism, war, and violence. “He adamantly believed that love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred,” said Mr. Heath, while noting that Dr King’s powerful words inspired others to “build bridges between people and spread the message of peace.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. King was the chief figure for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
Evolution Access Microscholarship Programs provide talented 13-17 year-olds from underprivileged communities in Karachi with English-language programs, while promoting community and youth empowerment through capacity-building and training.
PACC provides quality English language teaching and cultural understanding to students who are looking for career development and personal growth. PACC welcomes students of all ages and all levels of English.