University Holds MLK March and Program
(NSU NEWSROOM--Jan. 16, 2014)--Hundreds of Norfolk State University students, faculty, administrators and staff participated in the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative observance and freedom march this week on campus.
Participants lined up in the cold in front of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library and proceeded to march to Corprew Avenue. The crowd walked behind the sound of drums that came from members of the Norfolk State University “Spartan Legion” Marching Band. Members from several NSU student organizations held banners as they marched with their peers, administrators, faculty and staff. They continued on Park Avenue to the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center where a short program was held in honor of King. The NSU Jazz Choir performed several musical selections in honor of the slain civil rights leader.
Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, an NSU history professor, gave the keynote address to students and said though 50 years have passed since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some of the same issues still exist in the United States today when it comes to topics such as Social Security and healthcare.
She mentioned several historical tidbits about 1964 and the events that led up to the Civil Rights Act. Newby-Alexander said while King is America’s “most beloved civil rights champion” and helped to lead the movement, there was much more to him than his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”
“I want everyone to be reminded that Dr. King was more than that single speech,” Newby-Alexander said. “While his life was a mere 39 years, it embodied the transformations of America.”
Newby-Alexander encouraged students to strive for excellence and to use King’s teachings as inspiration to advance in their lives.
Norfolk State University has also released its annual calendar of events to celebrate Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated. To view the event listings, please click here.