The Arkansas Tech campus came together Monday morning to honor the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Attendees gathered at the Hindsman Bell Tower for a moment of reflection and meditation before beginning a peace march to the Young Ballroom, where a ceremony was hosted by the department of diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Marteze Hammonds, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, began the ceremony with a short introductory speech before Malik Oliver led the attendees in a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” AD Wallace, a health and physical education major from Wynne, then recited MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
“We recite it [the “I have a dream speech”] in memory of everything that he stood for,” said Wallace, “we’re still fighting for change.”
After the recitation, Wallace yielded the stage to the United Voices of Praise choir, led by Malik Oliver, a sophomore hospitality administration major from Russellville.
Monday morning’s events are part of a larger, campus-wide celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebrations began on Saturday and will continue until Wednesday. There will be an open mic night on Tuesday at 8 pm and a gallery walk from 10 am to 9 pm on Wednesday. Both events will be held in the W.O. Young Ballroom and are open to the public.
Correction Jan. 18 at 11:42 pm: Edited event details and corrected spelling error