Dr. Jerry Ross (religious studies) was the
Provost William Johnston
R-MC's Ujima Gospel Choir
On Thursday, January 15, Randolph-Macon College held a special celebration in honor
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2008. It would have been Dr. King’s 80th birthday.
Nearly 200 people gathered in Blackwell Auditorium in R-MC’s Center for the Performing
Arts to remember the teachings of the civil rights leader. The keynote address was
given by Dr. Jerry Ross, associate professor of religious studies at R-MC. His speech,
“Applications from Martin,” used quotes from Dr. King’s speeches and writings to
highlight what King believed were the four steps to freedom; attitude adjustment,
economic overhaul and involvement, integration and political self-determinism.
Dr. Ross told the audience that Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy “challenges us to
learn to think for ourselves, to protect ourselves and to do whatever it takes to
be free.” He urged everyone who is planning to watch the Presidential Inauguration
to try and sit with an elderly person and witness their reaction. He said those
are the people who never thought they would see this day.
R-MC’s Ujima Gospel choir, comprised of 44 students, performed during the celebration
and led everyone in the singing of Lift Every Voice.
To read Dr. Ross’ speech in its entirety, click