Rachel Stalker, ‘Doah Staff Writer
January 29, 2014
Monday, Jan. 20 was Martin Luther King Day. The national holiday celebrates his birthday, which is actually on Jan. 15, and his work for civil rights in the United States. At Shenandoah, we celebrated this great man’s life with a ceremony at 3 p.m. in Goodson Chapel. With the help of the office of Spiritual Life, the Black Student Union, Harambee Gospel Choir and Intercultural Programs, the service honored the late Rev. Dr. King in unique way. Harambee Gospel Choir, led by Maurice Goodwin, sang “Let Justice Roll,” which was a musical interpretation of one of Dr. King’s letters from the Birmingham Jail.
By using excerpts from his most famous speeches, “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” and “I Have a Dream”, King was the guest speaker at Monday’s service. In his “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” speech, King said, “He has allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I have looked over. I have seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that, we, as a people will get to the promised land.” The Reverend doctor knew that God would come through for his people, so that all people could live in harmony together. This service of remembrance was not just about what has happened for civil rights in the past, but also to reflect on how far society has to go for the future. Dean of Spiritual Life Rev. Dr. Justin Allen stated, “We should always be thinking about where we are going from here.”
The university put together a video, which you can find on FaceBook and YouTube, for the event, in which they interviewed students, and participants in Monday’s service, including Muslima Musawwir and Carrie Cook. Musawwir, a sophomore acting major, stated, “Just Carrie and I standing here and being friends is something that we should cherish.” Cook followed up by saying, “We’re all the same person inside and out. We were all formed in His image and that’s what we are supposed to live by.”
In his most famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King said, “With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”