MOUNT VERNON — “The Voice Still Speaks” was the theme of the 11th annual installment of the Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast conducted by the Dr. King Legacy Committee at Foster Hall in Ariel Arena on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Master of ceremonies Terri Hubbard thanked the ongoing support of MVNU and Kenyon College for the annual celebration breakfast.
Following an opening prayer by Pastor Dewayne Hubbard and the enjoyment of a breakfast buffet, welcoming remarks were heard by Jim Singletary, director of multicultural affairs at MVNU. “Has it happened? Have we arrived at that yet,” said Singletary in referring to the challenge Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set forth more than 50 years ago. “Dr. King’s voice still rings out not only over the land but in the future of our hearts,” he said, noting that this event takes place the third Monday of each January in honor of the King’s birthday.
Special music was provided by the MVNU ensemble Todos Por El (All For God) as they also led the congregation in the singing of “Lift Every Voice.” Spirited dance selections were also performed by the group L.E.A.P. (Living Expressing All Praise).
Remarks were heard by special guests Dr. Henry Spaulding, president of MVNU; Dr. Sean Decatur, president of Kenyon College; and Mr. Richard Mavis, mayor of Mount Vernon.
“It’s the right thing for us to do in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Dr. Henry Spaulding, MVNU president. “We need to get rid of the notion once and for all that there’s superior and inferior races. He knew then, and we have learned from him, that when life is ramped up into suspicion and the needless rhetoric of superiority and inferiority, there is no dream for anyone. His message for us today is, ‘Let’s remember that eloquence is always about the truth that we speak.’ Let us give ourselves of that truth today in memory of him.”
Dr. Sean Decatur, Kenyon College president, related his own life experience to the celebration theme.
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