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Northwood University commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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CEDAR HILL – What are you working with?

That’s the question Dr. Tara Peters, Northwood University’s division chair of Management, posed to Northwood University students, faculty and staff during a program to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

"In other words – what do you bring to the table? What gifts and attributes do you possess that make you uniquely gifted?" Dr. Peters said.

"Because whether or not you know it, you’re not here by accident and each of us has a uniquely divine purpose for being."

As Dr. Peters considered the impact Dr. King’s legacy has had on her, one thought came to her mind: All things are possible.

"I understand that my life is not accidental, but rather it’s purposeful, and with a sense of purpose one realizes that life is filled with the infinite possibilities," Dr. Peters said.

"However, these possibilities cannot be realized by osmosis, wishful thinking, slothfulness or a sense of entitlement.

"They can only be accomplished through hard work, persistence, a willingness to get up when you fail and a commitment to excellence."

Dr. Peters noted these qualities are displayed in a profound way in the movie Invictus, in which Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela – who after 27 years of imprisonment on Robin Island ascended to the presidency and had to amalgamate his fractured, ethnically divided country.

"Be strong and of good courage," Dr. Peters said, "and know that all things are possible."

The event also included a viewing and reading of Dr. King’s historic "I Have a Dream" speech by Northwood students.

About Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills and personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

50 Years of Enterprise and Ethics

Northwood University is marking its 50-year anniversary. Founded in 1959, Northwood has grown to a national and international presence and is an influential advocate for free enterprise.

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