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Renique Kersh, Associate Vice Provost/Director Office of Student Engagement and Experimental Learning, poses with her three children, nine-year-old Laila, seven-year-old Jayden and 10-year-old John, during the Presidential Breakfast. For Jayden, MLK fought for freedom "so that black and white people can join together as brother's and sisters." Campus events such as this one are important to Kersh to bring her children to because she feels it's a positive influence on their education and a good experience for them. "I think it's important to plant the seed," Kersh said. "Especially for african american children to see other african american students on campus getting up and speaking. It's important to me for them to be exposed to this and shown it's a possible path." Kersh started "dream boards" with her children, where they created collages on boards displaying their dreams. "This breakfast was kind of the kick-off for the dream boards," Kersh said. "It's helping my kids to know that they have any possibility at their fingertips. I want them to not just live day to day but see how people before them did things." MLK has a part in this line of thinking as well. "Last week we had some conversations about MLK," Kersh said. "This is another way for them to see what MLK did for this country. And for them."