Words by: Darilyn Cotton
Florida State University’s Ruby Diamond auditorium filled with college students and community members the night of Tuesday Jan. 17 to continue celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. FSU hosted their 29th annual MLK celebration with the theme “Unfolding the Dream,” featuring social activist, professor and award-winning journalist Dr. Marc Lamont Hill as the guest speaker.
Off the bat, Hill began by challenging the audience to connect to the ‘real’ Dr. King in effort to perpetuate his legacy.
“King’s tradition recognizes progress and growth,” said Hill. “…but we can never stop climbing.”
To be successful in unfolding King’s dream, Hill spoke about several key principles that students should adhere to in order to finish the business that Dr. King had only begun. He talked of society’s need to better comprehend the interconnectedness of our struggles today with that of the struggles of Dr. King faced only 60 years ago.
Hill continued by speaking about the importance of listening. During his life King met with all types of people and heard what they had to say, whether he agreed with them or not, he listened.
“You can’t just listen to people on the right side you have to listen to people on the left side too,” said Hill. “You have to challenge other people’s thoughts.”
Before dropping the microphone, Hill left the audience with one final message: the biggest problem in the world is there are too many people who don’t do anything.
He finished with, “I want you to commit to do something when you leave here.” Hill challenged students to commit to an organization or cause and fight for black lives.
Senior FAMU Political Science student, Kimberly Rolle actively tries puts his message into practice with her own political activism..
“I have participated in the past in organizations, like the Bernie Sanders Grass Roots organization that supported black lives,” said Rolle.
Likewise, students like senior Psychology major Paige Carter left feeling ready to take on the world.
“The speech really inspired me,” said Carter. “It reminded me of my goals and dreams.”