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New traditions to respect the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being fostered at Alcorn

MLK celebration 2011

Darryl White speaks to ASU family.

The Alcorn State University family came together on January 13th and 14th to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A program celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held by the ASU History Club, Department of Social Sciences, on Thursday, January 13th at the Medgar Evers Auditorium, featured presentations by History Club members and a music selection by the Alcorn State Chapter of Choir Psi Phi. Darryl White, director of the Natchez Museum of African American History, served as speaker. As a thank you for his insightful presentation, White received Alcorn memorabilia (gift sponsored by the University Relations office).

“I was honored to be invited to speak before the Alcorn family today and to assist the students, this new generation of leaders, in their quest for knowledge and understanding,” shared White. “It’s important to be aware of the sacrifices that were made by previous generations and then step up to the plate and begin to write the next chapter of the history of our nation.”

Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, ASU president, addressed the audience and program participants at the end of the program.

On Friday, the celebrations continued with homage to Dr. King organized by the Office of Student Activities, Division of Student Affairs. ASU family gathered at noon in front of the Oakland Memorial Chapel as the Alcorn Ode played. The students gave a tribute to Dr. King as the Alumni Bells played “Lift Every Voice” and 82 balloons were released in honor of his 82nd birthday.

“The releasing of balloons is a tribute that Alcorn will adopt as a traditional way to respect the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in years to come,” stated Devina Hogan, Student Activities director.