Kicking off a week of activities honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, CMU President George E. Ross challenged a record crowd attending the annual peace brunch “not to be silent on things that matter.”
“The dream’s not fulfilled, folks,” said Ross. “We have work to do, let’s keep doing it.”
MLK Oratorical Contest finalists presented their speeches at a peace brunch to commemorate King. The annual contest invites students to reflect on a message of King’s while relating the message to a modern-day issue. This year students addressed the role social media would have played in the civil rights movement. Finalists were senior Shelbie Moore of Detroit, senior Anthony Smith of Walker and freshman Kailey Grubb of Owosso.
“We’ve gotten too comfortable sitting with our laptops and phones,” says Shelbie Moore, CMU 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest winner. “We don’t take the challenge to actually stand up anymore and go march. We just ‘like’ or ‘share’ something. The civil rights movement had a lot more strength to it.”
In addition to the peace brunch, nearly 300 students and members of the Mount Pleasant community braved the cold temperatures to participate in a peace march and vigil that began on CMU’s campus and continued to downtown Mount Pleasant.
The MLK celebration continues throughout the week with activities organized by CMU’s Multicultural Academic Student Services. The events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Find a listing of events here.