Massasoit Community College held its 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday with musical and theatrical performances, and inspiring speeches.
Performances included musical renditions of “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” “Lift Every Voice,” and an original monologue of “The Dreams of 4 Little Girls.”
Brockton Councilor Jass Stewart, keynote speaker at the event, reminded all in attendance the importance of taking action and following King’s legacy.
Stewart has attended the event for at least seven years, but this was his first year speaking. “I’m always honored when people come to me asking my opinion on things, particularly on such an important occasion,” he said, “[I] wanted to make certain that I got the message across that we should remember, but that we also need to be active.”
Stewart also acknowledged the importance of “being human.” He went further to say it is “essential” to be an imperfect leader.
“Making a career of humanity is more than simply announcing the virtues of humanity, but embracing the condition,” Stewart said, “our fundamental inability to be perfect, no matter how hard we try.”
After a traffic hold-up, Senator Edward Markey arrived to speak at the ceremony as well. He ended the event with powerful thoughts.
“As we gather here to celebrate this great man, we must ask ourselves, ‘what would Dr. King say about the state of our country these days?’,” Markey asked, “Dr. King would say to us, ‘focus your energies on overcoming these challenges, and confront the inequities and injustices that afflict our society’.”
Markey acknowledged that there is a lot of work to be done, and it will take action and effort to make a change.
As Stewart said during his speech, “[King's] legacy is only important if we’re willing to act on it today.”
Dr. Charles Wall, President at Massasoit, felt the event went great. “We concluded with Senator Markey making it through a terrible traffic jam, summing up the legacy of Dr. King in a very emotional and poignant way, ” he said, “It brings us together. In the audience today we have people from Brockton, Greater Brockton…who have come here to celebrate Dr. King’s essential humanity and his gift to us of that legacy.”