Trinity Celebrates Dr. King’s Dream

MLK 2016 CelebrationThrough prayer, song, spoken word, monologues, reflections, gospel music, and interpretive dance, Trinity Christian College celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream in the Ozinga Chapel on Jan. 18.

President Kurt D. Dykstra welcomed the hundreds of people of all ages who took part in the celebration. Dykstra shared one of King’s last prayers before his assassination on April 4, 1968: “God grant that we will be participants in this newness and this magnificent development. If we will but do it, we will bring about a new day of justice and brotherhood and peace. And that day the morning stars will sing together and the sons of God will shout for joy.”

Professor of History Dr. David Brodnax, Sr., reflected on King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “We often focus on the end, but the beginning is not nearly as well known,” Brodnax said. King began his famous speech with a remembrance of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, 100 years before King delivered his speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. King then discussed the state of affairs in 1963. “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free,” King said then.

Brodnax urged the audience to think about what King would find if he were alive today, where chain gangs have been replaced by school-to-prison pipelines and lynch mobs have been replaced by a mass murderer in a Charleston, S.C., church. Brodnax urged everyone to honor King’s legacy and continue his work.

Along with celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Student Union also recognized Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of Adult Studies Psychology Program Tiffany R. King for her support.