|The presenters and honorees of the 2013 Saint Louis University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial tribute. Photo by Mead Ruesing|
Saint Louis University honored the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Friday with a memorial tribute that included music, a recitation of his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech" and words from a civil rights worker who was a member of King's own staff.
Nearly 400 people from the University and members of the St. Louis community attended the luncheon to honor the late civil rights leader. The program kicked off with a recitation of King's famous speech by area voiceover talent D.C. Cooper. View his speech in the video embedded below.
Other speakers included Rabbi Susan Talve, of Central Reform Congregation; Rev. Dr. E.G. Shields, pastor of Mt. Beulah Missionary Baptist Church; Ken Fleischmann, J.D., vice president for Human Resources; and Don Highberger, S.J., special assistant for University Ministry. Michael Patrick McMillan, license collector for the City of St. Louis, served as the master of ceremonies.
|Karla Scott, Ph.D., associate professor and program director of African American Studies, was named the first recipient of the Don Brennen Humanitarian Award. Photo by Danielle Lacey|
The featured speaker of the event was Xernona Clayton, a civil rights leader who worked with King and organized events with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Clayton also has worked with CNN founder Ted Turner to establish the Trumpet Awards, which honor exceptional diverse Americans, and founded the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.
Clayton was honored with the Civil Rights Award for her work organizing marches, uncovering discriminatory employment practices and addressing the desegregation of hospitals.
Along with Clayton, SLU honored University and community leaders who have worked to promote equality in the St. Louis community. Those recognized were:
The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial tribute was sponsored by the Human Resources MOVE committee.