JMU Community Marches for Martin Luther King Jr

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

Members of the James Madison Community speak out against civil injustices Thursday. They share their reflections of doctor Martin Luther King, his dream, and his legacy.

Students marched through campus, stopping at interactive scenes that represent past and present injustices.

Martin luther king junior was more than just a name to participants.

He's "a role model. He's someone that had a dream, had a vision. And he beleived that all these different races of children can come together and say we are one, we can be on the same playground, and we can be in the same school, says Lamitra Barnes, a student actress playing Rosa Parks on Monday. "

Others, like Liz Wilson, live by his words. "I just have this one quote that i stand by, all the time. It says, our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. I'm done being silent, i'm done just following the life of a typical jmu student. I'm ready to get out into the world and take on these social issues."

Issues that are still around today and demonstrations like this help to remind us.

Anthony Sutton, played a prisoner in a Birmingham Jail during one of the demonstrations Thursday. It makes him, "take a step back, and really try, to live in their shoes, and try and sit there and go through their own struggles. And then pulling through, and their moments of strength, and try to sit there and find it in my own self, see if i can do it today. And then pass it on to the people behind me."


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