THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was honored by students at Davis & Elkins College on what would have been the activist’s 89th birthday.
ON Monday evening, members of the public gathered with students, faculty and staff to celebrate the life of the minister and civil rights activist who played a significant role in ending segregation.
D&E President Chris Wood offered remarks during Monday’s event, speaking of his father who had been active during the Civil Rights Movement and influenced by King.
He explained in 1955 his father left the hills of West Virginia to travel to Boston, where he was pursuing a masters degree at the Boston University School of Theology. During that time he met and became inspired by King. In 1965, Wood’s father traveled to Selma, Alabama, where the “Bloody Sunday” march began.
“We gather not only to celebrate a great man and not only to celebrate a great legacy, but more importantly, the way that we can celebrate is by continuing to fight,” Wood said. “It is up to each one of us in 2018 for us to create a society and a world where we will be judged, not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.”
The service ceremony, held in Robbins Memorial Chapel, featured artistic performances by several members of the D&E community.
Denise Folley, a D&E senior, performed music and readings, while Dr. Bob McCutcheon, professor emeritus, played a variety of civil rights melodies and Goux presented a poem and dance.
In addition, a film excerpt of King’s “A Knock at Midnight” sermon was played during the event. The special ceremony ended with the lighting of candles as a sign of peace.