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Cedarville University Marks Martin Luther King Day

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The Cedarville University gospel ensemble OneVoice provided music at today’s Martin Luther King Day celebration at the University. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

January 24, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—Today Cedarville University presented the Martin Luther King Day program "The Dream for Me " in an effort to help a generation of college students born well after Martin Luther King Jr.`s death better understand the universal significance of his life and legacy. In a drama presentation, four students asked common Millennium Generation questions about the significance of Martin Luther King Day. In their search for answers, they were presented with video clips of King, photos of him and the 1960s civil rights movement, portions of King`s "I Have a Dream" speech, music by the Cedarville University gospel ensemble OneVoice, and historical insight by J. Murray Murdoch, a Springfield resident and chair of the University`s department of social sciences and history. Murdoch briefly described the culture of the 1960s deep South, in which blacks were viewed as property and lynchings were common. This setting made King`s peaceful push for freedom and equality all the more daring and vital. Murdoch called King "a remarkable American ... a man who had a great passion for freedom" and explained that King`s dream cost him his life and paved the way for greater freedom in America today. By the end of the presentation, the four students found answers to their collective question, "What does Martin Luther King Jr. have to do with me?" One concluded, "Dr. King`s dream wasn`t just for yesterday; it was for today as well." The program was directed by Fairborn resident Michael Dorsey, Cedarville`s coordinator of intercultural recruitment; and Cedarville resident Derrick Green, assistant professor of communication arts and assistant director of forensics. -30-