Joyce Glaise remembers Martin Luther King Jr. coming to Danville, Virginia, to help promote the civil rights movement when she was a young girl. Because of segregation, he was not even allowed to stay in a hotel, Glaise told an audience at Randolph College’s Martin Luther King birthday memorial last Wednesday.
|Joyce Glaise spoke at Randolph College's Martin|
Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 16.
“We have accomplished a lot because of Martin Luther King,” Glaise said.
Glaise, who delivered the keynote address at the King memorial event, reminded her audience of Randolph students and community members that the accomplishments in the civil rights movement did not come easily, and the work is not done.
“My goal in life is to help this generation become leaders; to give you vision, courage, stamina, intelligence, wisdom, and intestinal fortitude to realize that the world needs you all,” Glaise said.
She encouraged her listeners to join civic organizations, seek service opportunities, and become educated. “Our greatest enemy is to be complacent and ignorant,” she said.
|Voices, an a cappella group at Randolph, provides music for the service.|
Glaise said that it is up to each individual to create the future, and she expressed optimism in the country’s direction. “I know the best is yet to come,” she said.