Though students didn't have the day off, Sterling students took time to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19, 2009 through a memorial service.
Led by Campbell Hall Resident Director and Multicultural Director Ben Edwards, students marched from the Student Union to the Presbyterian Church to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. The students, who walked down Broadway from the Union to the church singing, arrived and listened to an address from their fellow student, senior Lazzerick Young. Young gave a brief synopsis of Dr. King’s life and explained to his audience how far the African American community has come since the beginning of the country in 1776 and even from the day of Dr. King in the 1960s. After an emotional closing, Young took his seat, and the students listened to the most famous speech given Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "I Have a Dream". When the speech ended, the students were dismissed and began a time of fellowship in the church foyer.
"It was great to see the students come together for a night in order to celebrate one of the greatest men in American History," said Edwards. "I hope that this day will become more and more recognized at SC in the future."
Sterling College's resident directors each have a secondary concentration. Ben Edwards was given the opportunity to serve as the Mulitcultural Director. In this role is he is active in providing opportunities for students to learn and experience new cultural persepectives.