January 13, 2006
On Monday millions across the country will take part in programs in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Today, three of Augusta’s colleges and universities joined together to remember the civil rights leader during a special ceremony at MCG. News 12 was there.
Monday will mark the 20th anniversary of observing the national Martin Luther King holiday. And though they’re usually separated, today students from MCG, Augusta State University and Paine College are together honoring Dr. King.
“I think that the fact that three institutions come together in this type of way is a great celebration of our community and of course honoring Dr. King,” said Mike Searles.
Eldridge McMillan, a member of the state’s Board of Regents, talked about dreams.
“As we honor Dr. King for his courageous activism and leadership, we have an obligation to reflect seriously on the meaning and the purpose of our dreams just as he did,” McMillan said.
“I certainly concur and agree with his comments about dreams and the importance and how vital they are to the growth in our community,” said Senator Ed Tarver.
Dr. King would have been 77 years old this year. Nearly 40 years after his death, his legacy lives on.
“We have to remember that so many of our young people did not live during Martin Luther King’s time at all. For them, he is ancient history, and he is not ancient history,” said Mallory Millender.
“Having out retreat yesterday and Dr. King being a man of peace, we can look to him as far as guiding our community,” said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.