FAMU holds annual Dr. M.L. King, Jr. convocation

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- FAMU held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation Thursday morning in the Gaither Gymnasium.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Everett Ward of Saint Augustine's University, encouraged students at FAMU to accept King's legacy of servant leadership.

"When communities need a voice of leadership to protect the least of these, be the voice for the voiceless. FAMU, when others travel the highways of apathy, take the airplane of righteousness and do what's right," he said.

"Are you with me? Are we going to do it together? We're going to carry this dream on," Dr. Ward told attendees.

FAMU student Jiared Crowd attended the convocation. He agrees with Dr. Ward.

He said, "I think it's important for us to work together because oftentimes we get into the concept of it's only about us. But, in reality, we need to work together as a team to get more things accomplished."

FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson said, "We have to find some King in each and every one of us. I know all of us in this audience, young and old, will take the choice and take your challenge."

Students are urged to take their tenacity to serve far beyond Dr. King's birthday, and the month of January, and make it a part of their daily lives.

"Regardless of popularity, do what's right. FAMU, when confronted with injustice, do what's right. When conservative ideology attempts to turn back the clock on humanity, do what's right," Dr. Ward said.

Dr. James Moran of FAMU recited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The FAMU Wind Symphony Band and FAMU Gospel Choir also performed.

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