Viki Muench | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2015; 12:30 p.m.
In honor of 2015’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, LU’s Black Student Union invited the community to come together for their annual celebration of King’s birthday. A special remembrance walk from the Spellmann Center down to the Scheidegger Center of the Arts was followed by a variety of performances and speeches that commemorated King’s vision and accomplishments.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos?” which is the title of King’s last book before his death in 1968.
The afternoon was filled with musical performances by members of BSU, as well as speeches and dialogues about King’s fight for freedom and equality.
The event’s special guest was Debora Grandison, speaker for the American Heart Association and the American Diabietes Association. In her speech, she talked about personal experiences with “looking different” and how it is the job of our generation to fulfill King’s philosophy.
According to Grandison “a change that restores and rebuilds our corrupt community can only be made by effectively communicating and connecting with others” and “never allowing looking different to be an obstacle.” She said that “being a good listener” and “asking ourselves what we do for others” are important steps towards achieving positive developments in our community.
LU student Diamond Holt, member of the event committee and the BSU, was excited about how well the celebration turned out. “We have been planning this event for about six months and we are all very happy about the amount of people that came and showed their support.”
“The Black Student Union welcomes anyone that is interested to join the organization to get involved and raise more awareness,” said Holt.