The college’s Black Student Union hosted the MLK Luncheon on Jan. 20 in the dining commons. The event, aside from food, consisted of the First Creek Middle School Step Team, Hypnotic; a reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech; the singing of the Black National Anthem and guest speaker Clinton Taylor.
The event started with Celena Lewis singing the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.
Hypnotic, the First Creek Middle School Step Team, then performed
Afterward, Student Advocacy Senator Philip Lewis, College Access Corps Coordinator Hannah Dominguez and student Helen Campbell read the “I Have a Dream” speech to commemorate King.
After the reading, the event took a break so students could eat lunch, create necklaces, and write in a blank space what they march for. The event then moved on to Taylor’s speech.
Taylor spoke about King’s dream, and he talked about how it was great that he had a dream. He challenged students to pursue their own dream.
“No one will ever believe in you or your dreams more than you,” Taylor said.
Taylor then talked about how there was more King had been focused on during his speech. It’s frequent that the freedom part of King’s speech is covered, but Taylor discussed the police brutality, jobs, living wages and other parts of the speech.
Taylor speaks at colleges and other places quite often. He has worked in high schools, middle schools, colleges, prisons and more.
Taylor expressed a strong connection to his speech and living his dream.
“I do it because we have to,” Taylor said. “It’s our responsibility, especially as older adults, to give back to the younger generation. I do it because I believe that we should all be more givers than takers.”
Taylor did challenge the students to think.
“I really like the speaker,” Pierce College student Harper Chin said. “He made you think that’s not all the speech was.”
Chin expressed that he enjoyed Taylor’s take on the speech, focusing on the more unknown parts. He also said Taylor inspired him to reflect and realize the own potential in his life.
“I don’t really have a major and I don’t really have a job I want,” Chin said. “How can I do what I want and change society?”
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