ELKINS – With an emphasis on how to make a dream a reality, several speakers paid tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during a convocation in celebration of the Civil Rights leader’s birthday. The event, sponsored by Davis & Elkins College Multicultural Programs, also included a march, reflection and video of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Featured speaker Kobey Quamina told the group that putting a dream into action takes time, effort and dedication. She cautioned that while there will be those who tell you your dream can’t be achieved, there are many others counting on you to forge ahead.
“Don’t shy away from greatness. Don’t let doubt cripple your dreams,” Quamina said. “Dreams and visions are being fulfilled every day. Don’t underestimate the power of the dream.”
Davis & Elkins student Thad Breckenridge also spoke at the convocation encouraging the group to draw on their power and strength to bring about societal, economic and political change.
“We must continue to fight for not only ourselves, but for future generations,” Breckenridge said, explaining that we all have the responsibility to inspire a new generation of dreamers.
Also taking part in the ceremony were D&E Director of Campus Activities and Multicultural Programs Jonathan Barrett, Benfield-Vick Chaplain the Rev. Laura Brekke Wagoner and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rob Phillips. Director of Career Services Chris Jones led the group on a march through campus, stopping at various points to reflect on the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington and Bloody Sunday.
Jones asked the group to continue their reflections well after the march to consider various issues in society that they believe need addressed.