The birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated as a national holiday for the first time. Vassar observed the day with a screening of a documentary about King’s life sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, the Students’ Afro-American Society, the Gospel Choir and the advisor to minority students Sheila Thomas. However, some members of the campus community expressed concern and disappointment that the college had not done more in observing the holiday. And added objection was—the first day of the semester having fallen on the newest national holiday—that the day's classes were not cancelled. The Miscellany News, calling it “business as usual” at the college, wrote that “It is vital that our generation, no more than five years old when King was assassinated, be reminded of his work not merely as a facet of history but as a dream which continues to call to the nobler aspect of all people.”