By Maggie Dunning
Staff reporter

Martin Luther King, Jr. is an icon who people all over the world look to for strength. People hold celebrations on Martin Luther King Day in remembrance of everything he did, stood for and accomplished in his life.

MLK celebrations will be held on campus Monday. These celebrations will include a day celebration, a memorial walk and candle light vigil and an evening celebration.

Lai-L Clemons, director of campus life, said, “This is the first year that the school is in charge of it for a while.”

The day celebration will be at noon at Cole mound. The memorial walk and candle light vigil will meet at the corner of Warren and College streets. The evening celebration will be held in Messenger Hall at 7 p.m.

Clemons said, “There are a lot of different things. The very first thing I would say is different is the rock dedication. Then something else that we are doing different is the memorial walk and candle light vigil.”

Reverend Doctor Silvia Pleas, who is the mother of Dawn Pleas-Bailey, will be speaking at the evening service. Her sermon is titled “Where Would King See You on the Mountain?”

Clemons said, “The thing with this year is that the Martin Luther King celebration’s content is on one’s character.”

Jasmine Jackson, a graduate of Southwestern College, said, “ ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’ That’s a good, good quote.”

Annelise Gardner, a junior in high school and Professor David Gardner’s daughter, said, “My generation is growing up hardly knowing what happened earlier, just a few decades before. It’s a whole new life, a whole new lead for this country. It gives hope to this nation.”

There will be a performance combining song and dance put on by the Sisters in Christ (S.I.C.) and Annelise Gardner.

Jackson said, “We are singing a song that commemorates the bombing that happened in Birmingham Alabama, where four young girls were killed in the bombing.”

Gardner said, “This is my first time choreographing a dance and performing by myself.”

Clemons said, “I hope when students walk away from this that they really look at their character; that they really analyze who they are, where they are, what they want to be, and where they plan to go.”

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Maggie Dunning is a communication freshman. You may e-mail her at