The Power of One

There is power in one voice.

That’s the message in a video from the Babson College Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Committee in its “Power of One” video.

“The Committee created the “Power of One” campaign in support of people of color in the Babson community. And, to state unequivocally that we stand with the movement for Black lives as we strive to make our world more inclusive with justice for all,” said Sandra Bravo, committee member and lecturer of marketing.

The video features members of the committee and leadership, faculty, and staff showing support for, and solidarity with, people of color in the Babson community.

“In a 1965 speech, Dr. King said: ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ The committee was committed to speak and not be silent. In thinking about the Babson One campaign, we thought about the strong impact of each ‘one’ person, and how the culmination of all individuals together is what makes a cohesive, supportive, and tight-knit community. We wanted to create something beautiful and powerful to stand with the people of color in the Babson community,” said Bravo.

The MLK Legacy Committee is committed to remembering and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision for justice, equality, and peace. The committee was inspired to create the Power of One video after the College’s virtual Juneteenth celebration.

“We wanted to do more to keep the conversation going. We wanted to initiate a call to action to stand with our students and colleagues impacted by past and current social injustices,” said Patrick Hale, co-chair of the committee and director of multicultural and identity programs. “We designed this campaign to show ways we will uphold our commitment to taking action and to uphold our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

In years past, the committee honored the Legacy of Dr. King on one day, Babson’s MLK Jr. Legacy Day. The event honors the work members of the Babson community while continuing conversations about the realization of King’s vision of justice, equality, and peace in the world at large.

“The committee met over the summer, and each of us have been moved to action,” said Anjali Bal, assistant professor of marketing and co-chair of the committee. “The committee believes that we have work to do and as such, decided to extend this conversation from one annual event to programs that span the year. The ‘Power of One’ campaign is our way of launching our commitment to the Babson Community to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.”

Other members of the committee, all featured in the video along with campus leadership, faculty, and staff, include: Saadia Ahmad, coordinator of conflict resolution; Sadie Burton-Goss, chief diversity and inclusion officer; Lauren Chow, education abroad advisor; Brian Duggan, class dean; Gina Regonini, senior associate director, affinity programs; and Donna Stoddard, associate professor and chair, Technology, Operations and Information Management Division. Their flagship speaker event will continue each February. Additional programming, including a book club, is forthcoming.

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