For Knox College the celebration of Martin Luther King’s life and legacy is very important and just about rooted in the college’s history.
Students, faculty and residents gathered Monday morning for the 12th annual King Day celebration.
With songs of freedom being sung by the Knox College Choir and speeches reflecting on the life and message Doctor King worked so hard to achieve Knox President Teresa Amott told those in attendance Knox College has been part of the movement of equality since it first started.
“In the early 19th century, freedom demanded that slavery be abolished,” says Amott. “So a band of preachers, united by this vision, founded a town that served as an active stop on the underground railroad to freedom and they founded a college dedicated to providing freedom of inquiry and practical training to students regardless of race, creed, gender, or financial means.”
This year’s Winter Convocation included a speech from Associate Professor Konrad Hamilton who talked about Doctor King’s America.
Hamilton explained social change can only come from aggressive and sustained action from a strong determined federal government.
And in order to get the government to make those changes people have to stand up and push for what they want changed.