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King's legacy remembered with service

staff writer

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 00:01

MLK 2014

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Rev. France A Davis, Sheree Haggan and Marvin Roberts stand togethere and sing, "We Shall Overcome" at the end of the access and Diversity Center's Martin Luther King. Jr. Day celebration in the TSC Ballroom on Wednesday evening.

Students and faculty were encouraged to do their part and get involved at the Access and Diversity Center’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Wednesday night.

The Rev. France A. Davis, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, emphasized that everyone has the responsibility to carry out King’s dream and encouraged listeners to do their part to make the world a better place.

“We have to decide, individually and collectively, how we are going to lighten the corner where we are,” Davis said. “Do what little bit you can do.”

Davis, a member of the Utah Board of Regents, focused on everybody doing their part to create a society reflective of King’s dream.

He marched with King as a young man and has dedicated his life to working toward a better society for all people.

“When Dr. King spoke at the capital, the crowd lit up with electric power,” Davis said. “His mission was to bring about change.”

Rachel Brighton, program coordinator for the Access and Diversity Center, said the celebration is an annual event originating from the late ’80s.

“It was initiated by students and is now hosted by our office,” she said.

Instead of the classic candlelight vigil, this year’s program began with a video compilation of photos from King’s life and continued with the reading of an original poem by Sheree Haggan of the Black Student Union and a vocal performance by officers in the club, Shalayna Guisao, Jeunee Roberts and Anthony Pratt Jr.

The event was co-hosted by the Black Student Union.

Davis said although King set a great example, there is still a great deal of work to be done.

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