By Mallory Graves
On Monday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a special celebration in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King in Messenger Recital Hall.
Not only will keynote speaker, Reverend Dr. Joy J. Moore be speaking at this event, but also many students and staff members as well.
Anjaih Clemons and Dawn Pleas are co-hosting this event.
Anjaih Clemons, director of Campus Life, says, “We try to this event every year for MLK. It has been going on ever since I was a student here. This is my fifth year hosting this event for SC.”
Clemons explains her excitement for this presentation.
“I am looking forward to listening to Dr. Moore speak,” said Clemons. “She is a guest from St. Paul, MN. I heard her speak during one of the summer camps here at SC for Discipleship and she was excellent. Very personable, relational, and she’s very into her faith and she really assists others through that process of growth.”
“I am also looking forward to co-hosting this event with Dawn,” said Clemons. “I’m kind of like her side-kick sometimes, and we have a lot of fun.”
Clemons hopes that students will listen to the advice that is given during this event and use it in their everyday lives.
“The topic for this year’s event is So Now What? My hope is that whether it is a student, staff, community member, or whoever is attending the event Monday evening, that they will be able to take away something from the message,” said Clemons.
“Regardless of what is going on in their lives or regardless of what is going on in society, I hope that they can take away some wisdom from the speakers and be more aware of their surroundings,” said Clemons.
I also hope that they focus their thoughts on certain things like what part do I play in all of this and what can I do in everyday situations to make sure that this place is more united, positive and actually bringing about change,” said Clemons.
“I also hope people will realize that they need to do their part in serving their community and making sure everyone around you is okay,” said Clemons.
“Ultimately, this is similar to Dr. King’s mission,” said Clemons. “He wanted to unite everyone as equals with one another regardless of race, ethnicity, color, or demographic classification. He wanted everyone to have access to the same things and to all be treated with respect and love.”
Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success, says, “I am very much looking forward to this event. It is not just another holiday. It is not about relaxing and enjoying no class for the day. It is about celebrating an amazing man who fought for freedom.”
“Today, it is about finding a cause to fight for,” said Pleas. “It is about learning and growing as a person. It is about helping others, those who are the least, last, and the lost. Being a Good Samaritan and a good and faithful servant is what we stand for.”
“The celebration has taken on different forms in different years, but between SC and the Winfield community, I have either hosted, participated or just attended all my years at the college,” said Pleas.
“Before coming here, it was an essential part of my upbringing as a child, teenager, and young adult. I found my calling to service during the MLK programs,” said Pleas.
“So, even if no one else attended or cared, I would find a way to put on the program because it is THAT important to me and what I stand for,” said Pleas.
Many students are participating at the event.
Nick Garcia, business sophomore, is reading a poem he wrote called “Unity.”
“I am excited to see everybody come together as a family and have a good time,” Garcia said. “This is a special celebration for us to just remember those who fought for our right to be unified as a nation and I am really looking forward to it.”
This is his first time to speak at an event like this, but the importance of it weighs over any cold feet that he may have.
“It is a little nerve racking, but I know it will be fine,” said Garcia.