Monday, January 20, 2014

Randolph holds Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration scheduled

Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman will reflect on the legacy of the great leaders of the Civil Rights movement in the keynote speech in the College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Wednesday.

The service will be held from 12:50 to 1:50 p.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

“This hour is a time for all of us in the community to come together in a peaceful way and remind ourselves about the importance of making a difference in the world as well as to really understand why Martin Luther King, Jr. was significant,” said Hermina Hendricks, Randolph’s director of multicultural services. “We all are part of Martin Luther King’s dream.”

Hendricks said  Bateman’s first Convocation speech prompted his invitation to present the keynote at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service. “His demeanor and philosophy reminded me of how Martin Luther King tried to bring about change, through his wisdom, words, and actions,” she said. “He reminded all of us that there is a place for everyone, and that we need to respect and treat everyone right, and we always have to make a difference.”

Music will be provided by Songshine and Voices, Randolph’s student a cappella groups.