“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
Ah yes. Words hold a power that is seemingly untouchable and often underestimated. This was not the case on Jan. 21 at approximately 6:30 p.m.
At that date and time, in the Fine Arts Theatre, SC4 put on the 11th annual celebration the man who this opening quote comes from, with their presentation of “Living the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” This presentation celebrates the life of Dr. King, as well as the steps, trials, and tribulations made in the name of equality. Words, power, emotion, joy and unity: these words merely scratch the surface of the atmosphere in that room.
To sum up the program itself, it was a beautiful and exhilarating experience. Choir singers, interpretive dancers, and some of the most emotion and energy one could ever see put into playing piano, to name a few of the acts that performed. That’s not to mention the powerful and inspiring speeches given by Reverends Carl and Tony Miller, father and son respectively; Anita Ashford, who managed to join a room full of strangers of all ethnic backgrounds, hand-in-hand, as the entire room joined in song and love; and Alphonso Amos , whoshowed all in the room that there is still progress to be made in the name of equality. That’s only a few of the great and inspiring speakers and acts one could bear witness to on that day. Standing ovations were certainly not in short supply.
In other news, Geri Kimbro, who has managed the event for many years, has passed the gavel onto Anita Ashford. According to Geri, “she has absolute faith in her.” SC4 President Kevin Pollock decided David Goetze needs to switch to decaf, and it’s safe to assume not one person walked out of there without their lives being touched. To keep with the spirit of that evening, this should end with another quote:
“The time is always right to do the right thing,” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.