KING'S PROPHETIC VISION
Trinity reflects on the life and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Members of the Trinity Christian College community gathered in the Grand Lobby of the Ozinga Chapel on January 15 to celebrate the life and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on what would have been his 78th birthday. The theme of the event was “King’s Prophetic Vision for the World.” Several speakers explored King’s global vision for peace through examples from his life and works.
Professor Nelvia Brady, Trinity’s director of ethnic diversity and professor of business, kicked off the afternoon’s ceremony by drawing a comparison between King and one of his major ideological influences: Mahatma Gandhi. The similarities between the teachings and practices of the two were echoed in the keynote speech delivered by Assistant Professor of History David Brodnax, Sr.
Brodnax spoke about King as a global citizen and a global steward. He offered examples from King’s early, middle, and later years to illustrate how his vision was as much one of global peace and reconciliation for all people, as it was a quest for civil rights and justice for all black people in America. The speech was a fascinating exploration of very pivotal, albeit lesser-known, moments in King’s life. Click here for the Brodnax speech.
Following the keynote address, Professor of History Bob Rice reflected on how our current world can weave together our principles as Christians with practice in the key areas of human rights, development of struggling areas, and peaceful conflict resolution. Assistant Professor of Education Bill Boerman-Cornell offered an inspiring reading. Felecia Thompson, executive associate to the president for community partnerships, then blessed the attendees with a song of praise.
After much reflection on King’s message of peaceful protest and non-violence around the globe, Levi Wondeyee ’09 offered a gripping personal testimony of the horrors that he and his family have faced in their war-torn homeland. It was a powerful reminder that while King’s influence has helped shift the United States into a more tolerant and loving nation, there is still much to be done around the world. As believers, we bear a unique burden to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are oppressed.
Associate Provost and Professor of Business and Economics Mark Ward offered a closing prayer. He reminded the audience to remember the over-arching mission and theme of King’s work, as a reflection of Christ’s teachings, by continuing to promote peace and demanding justice around the world.
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