UAM celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Karon Parrish
Photo by Karon Parrish
In Tribute ... (from left) Kirby Merritt, Adrianne Walker, Patricia Gaston and Karen Hayes of the Unity Gospel choir perform for the audience.

   University of Arkansas – Monticello celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 18 in the Gibson University Center with students, staff, faculty and guests present.

   The program, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, consisted of pre-celebration music featuring sophomore Timothy Woods on saxophone and senior Cedric Sterrett on keyboard. 

   Acting director of Gateway Support Services Tawana Jones welcomed the audience and introduced guest speaker senior Ursula Patterson, campus president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Patterson read the poem “In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” written by UAM alumna Machell Daley. The campus Unity Gospel Choir, directed by Arlando Wilson, performed two spiritual renditions for the audience.

   Wilson, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, introduced Dr. Mack Hines III, director of the middle school program of education with the Department of Education. Hines spoke of King’s love and respect for every human being and shared with the audience King’s belief that violence only begets violence. 

   “If you use education, teaching and learning, then you will learn make a better place for everyone,” Hines said.           

  Middle school students from the Arise Charter School in Monticello attended the event by special invitation from Hines. The event concluded with prayer from the Rev. Shay Gillespie, a UAM alumnus.  

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