Students join with community for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

MLK Celebration

A celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. was held on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Porter Center at 7 p.m. It was a ceremony to show “unity in the community” and to celebrate King and all that he did.

To start off the ceremony, King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was played before anyone spoke. Portions of the speech were played in between each performance. Dr. David Joyce, David Carr, and Ed Buckley gave opening remarks and welcomed the audience. Dr. David Joyce set the tone for the night by saying, “Let’s not build a wall let’s take them down, the walls between us.”

The first performance was by the Davidson River Taiko drummers. There were four members in the group including the teacher Chris Alley. They performed four pieces.

After that came the Rise and Shine Scholars directed by William S. Mills. The kids and youth sang “This Little Light of Mine.”

The third performance of the night was also directed by William S. Mills. It was the combined Bethel A. Choir, Glade Creek Choir, French Broad Baptist Church, First Bethel Baptist Church and Open Bible Church. The group performed two triumphant pieces of music.

The show ended with the Brevard High School Jazz Band, directed by Jim Leatherwood. The band performed three absolutely great pieces with several different solos on a few different instruments.

The ceremony was a great way of honoring and celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and all the accomplishments he made for the nation.

Article written by Brevard College Student: Cameron Boone