Celebrate King

Written by: Dachele Cuke

Martin Luther King Breakfast“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful; teachers!” 

Martin Luther King Jr., “The Purpose of Education” for Morehouse College student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, 1947. 


This quote is powerful and not to be taken lightly! It pushes the boundaries of responsibility of education, implying that learning is more significant than just learning knowledge, but it’s also about morals and an open mind. This is why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., for ideas like this that change the world. 


This past Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a time to celebrate a man with world-changing ideas such as these! WAU decided to celebrate with a special MLK breakfast, done in WAU dining hall, to honor King. Those in attendance were blessed with music, prayer, and a special guest speaker, Paul Graham, who spoke on: MLK, his ideas bringing unity, why unity is so important, and how it was created for all people.


“This is a time to celebrate but also to act,” says Dr. Joan Francis, the Chair of the Department of History and Political Studies at WAU, “We want to remind people each year that we can look at something he did and we can follow too.”


“If we don’t do [something like] this annually, we do a disservice to [Martin Luther King Jr.] and the people who went before him and made sacrifices. We need to do it so our students, faculty, and staff will remember to value and memorize it in how they live their lives. – Dr. Patrick Williams, Dean of School of Arts and Social Sciences

“This event for WAU shows us how one person can make a difference for time and eternity and that each one of our students represents that potential for making a transformative and enduring world-class difference that will continue to transform lives” – Cheryl Kisunzu, Provost

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