Saint Leo Honors Legacy of MLK
January 17, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked, “What are you doing for others?”
Now Americans celebrate his life on the holiday dedicated to his legacy with acts of community service. Saint Leo University honored that call on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by hosting a children’s fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 16, on the Student Activities Green between Kirk Hall and the Student Activities Building.
Area children as well as the children of faculty, staff, and students enjoyed bounce houses, games, activities and crafts, temporary tattoos, and festival foods.
In one activity, the young guests (as well as Saint Leo students) wrote their dreams on construction-paper hands, provided by members of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, who then linked the hands to form chains. One youngster shared that his dream is to make the world a better while a Saint Leo student shared a dream of becoming the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
In the evening, Saint Leo hosted Dr. T. Leon Williams, who presented “The View from the Mountaintop: What Would Dr. King Say Today?” Williams introduced themes of hope for the lost and hurting, faith to ”be the change,” selfless love, and charity.
The audience asked about gun violence in the United States, and Williams said, “The truth is, some sort of control is needed.
“We have to do that by example,” he said. “We can’t stand by and say, ‘that’s not my issue.’ ”
Williams’ biggest task for his audience was to love. The North Carolina minister said his monologue, voiced as King, was a challenge to the audience. “We have fallen apart, and we need to get it together,” he said. “Ask, ‘what is my responsibility in reshaping the world?’ ”
He advised everyone to open themselves up to new ideas and to read information that might differ from a currently held viewpoint.
Saint Leo’s celebration concluded with a candlelight vigil hosted by the Rho Xi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in the Student Community Center courtyard. Speakers included members of the Black Student Union and the Slam Poetry Club.