JMU Students Say Inauguration of Obama is Symbolic on MLK Day

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

JMU students like Isaac Hargrove sang a song Monday night to remember Martin Luther King Junior.

For Hargrove, it means a lot to be in the same fraternity as King.

"We call him 'Brother Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior," said Hargrove.

Hundreds of people came out to remember King at a ceremony at JMU. Students acted out skits in his honor and lit candles to remember how he changed this country.

"There are people that we can look up to, even if they're not directly in our lives, we have someone that we can look up to. And just remembering what he's done and where we come from and where we are, that's very important," said Hargrove.

Monday wasn't just about honoring MLK; it was also the second inauguration of Barack Obama as president. The ceremony's keynote speaker says this is very symbolic.

"It's almost impossible to not make sense of the moment that happened earlier today without having Dr. King as the backdrop," said Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, the keynote speaker.

He says having a black president for a second term shows the progress of this country, but he says none of it could happen without the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr.

Students like Hargrove agree.

"It's very symbolic of hope and knowing where Obama came from and where he is now, there are no excuses to be who you feel like you can be, there's no excuse not to dream and there's no excuse not to fulfill those dreams," said Hargrove.


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