Tonight I attended the 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Gettysburg College. Dr. King is one of my favorite historical figures and I was excited to hear Mrs. Charlayne Hunter-Gault speak of Dr. King, his dream, and the work we must still do to complete his vision for a world of peace and equality. Mrs. Hunter-Gault is:
“the author of News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance and In My Place, a memoir of her role in the civil rights movement as the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia. Her latest book is To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, a retrospective of her involvement with the movement, complete with photographs and original articles from The New York Times.” – event program.
Alongside honoring Dr. King’s legacy, the celebration awarded the Living the Dream Award to Jessie V. Wansel Smith, an outspoken community activist and volunteer. The Adams County Career Aid Project (ACCAP) also recognized ACCAP recipient Marcus Mincey, now a student at West Chester University. Mrs. Hunter-Gault inspired us with her charisma and fiery attitude. I write this summary/reaction to her words: