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"A dream delayed, but not denied" ETSU honors Martin Luther King Jr with commemorative ceremony

Jessica Fuller • Apr 4, 2018 at 11:50 PM

Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., millions across the country gathered for rallies, ceremonies and commemorations of the life and legacy of the late civil rights activist.

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Black Affairs Association sponsored a commemorative ceremony in the D.P. Culp auditorium Wednesday evening with live music and a speech by Brenda White Wright, a motivational speaker and the director of the ETSU Emerging Leaders Academy.

“With the things going on in today’s society, we need to remember those things and remember people such as himself,” Multicultural Affairs Director Laura Terry said.

After a performance by the ETSU International Choir, White Wright took the stage to talk about King’s history, his legacy and what students can do going forward in the fight for social justice.

“My call to them is look at what my generation did when we were young and we revolutionized this country without social media, without cell phones, without Facebook, without any technological advances and media access that young people have today,” she said.

Sometimes, she said, the fight can be as simple as a smile. She said remembering King’s legacy and how he mobilized an entire generation shouldn’t be forgotten.

“There’s always something all of us can do every day to make the dream Dr. King a reality,” White Wright said. “That dream is not reality yet, it’s been delayed . . . but it’s not a dream denied.”

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