Dr.Brad Breems, professor of sociology, delivered the address “Martin Luther King Jr., Beyond the Man, the Dream, the Day.”
Breems emphasized that Christians, believing the understanding of love as defined in Scripture, can never claim ignorance to another person’s struggle.
“We are all related,” said Breems, “and we neglect others at our peril. If we love God, we must love others.”
As part of the celebration, remarks on King’s stance on non-violence were offered by Tabitha Matthews, coordinator of community services and pre-college programs.
Inspirational dance and song provided a worshipful tone to the event. A praise dance was performed by Noel Huddleston ’16 of Homewood, Illinois, and the celebration closed with “Amazing Grace,” sung by junior Ciara Deal of Bolingbrook, Illinois.
The annual celebration is sponsored by the Office of Ethnic Diversity and the Ethnic Diversity Committee.