HUNTINGDON, Pa. (WTAJ) — Juniata College is kicking off the spring 2022 semester with activities in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

To begin their week, they held the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Wednesday Evening in A100, Brumbaugh Academic Center. The keynote address, “Through the Lens of a Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” was delivered by Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Dr. Sellers Battle goes through the letter and describes what it means to her. She noted how some parts of the letter mimicked today’s lessons about diversity and inclusion.

“What I’ve found I needed to figure out the entire concept of the letter and what was historically happening at the time in order to make it make more sense to me at the moment,” Sellers Battle said. “What I found is if I were to change a few specifics of that letter, there are a lot of things relevant to what we’re doing and being in our communities now. So, I think that’s a really key part of it.”

Sellers Battle said it’s important that we continue to take the time to honor the work Dr. King’s done but also carry on his legacy of making change.


  • Jan. 20: Members of the Huntingdon community are invited to Juniata Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. for an evening of information and conversation on community building, according to an announcement from Juniata College. Masks are encouraged.
  • Jan. 21: The film “Selma” will be shown in A100 of Brumbaugh Academic Center at 7 p.m. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, and small group discussions will follow.
  • Jan. 22: Juniata students, faculty and staff will participate in various community service projects in the Huntingdon and Mount Union areas

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