KC Holds Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration

KC Board Members Dr. Dee Boswell, Rev. Tommy Henegar, Dr. Clara Coleman Rouse, KC Board Chairman Bill Hawley, Dr. Jim Underwood, Dr. Greg Labyak, Vice President of Instructional Services for KC; Robert Rhymes, Culinary Arts Professor; Lisa Atkins, Director of Adult Education; and Cathy Karrick, Event Chairman and Director of Public Information for Kaskaskia College.

Kaskaskia College held its thirteenth annual celebration of the life and ideals of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday with a fellowship breakfast followed by a program in the Jane Knight Auditorium.

In keeping with tradition at KC, a video of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was shown, and its message set the tone for the program to follow.

Dr. James Underwood, President of Kaskaskia College, welcomed the attendees and reinforced the message that “At KC, Everyone is Someone.” Board Chairman Bill Hawley spoke of the urgency for those who witnessed the troubled times of the Civil Rights Movement of Dr. King to pass on those lessons to today’s youth.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Clara Coleman Rouse, a Centralia native who moved to California some years ago, delivered an address called “The Difference.”  Quoting from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, she illustrated how, by outlining his dream of the future, Dr. King was able to change the landscape of race relations in America and set the tone for the reforms that followed.

Dr. Rouse said that Dr. King’s most important question is “What are you doing for others?”  Her response is that sometimes it’s not enough to cheer from the sidelines hoping to make a difference; “Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and get into the game to be the difference.”