Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder and Civil Rights Leader Wyatt Tee Walker Share Words of Inspiration
R-MC president Robert Lindgren congratulates Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker.
Wilder praised Dr. King’s contributions to our nation and noted his ability to motivate and lead others by example. “Dr. King was a leader. He wasn’t chosen to be a leader, he wasa leader,” said Wilder. “Leadership doesn’t come from a position. Leadership comes from within.” Wilder also told the audience of about 500 R-MC students and guests, that Americans need to work together to find solutions. “Nothing is decided in a closet,” said Wilder. “American people have to have open discussions and make decisions together.”
Wilder and Walker were classmates at Virginia Union University. “Tee, you were an inspiration to me,” said Wilder. “You challenged me to do something different.”
Shalise Bates-Pratt `01, R-MC’s director of student leadership, sang a moving rendition of Dr. King’s favorite hymn, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” which was sung at his funeral. She also led the audience in the hymn, “Lift Every Voice.”
The celebration concluded with a powerful declamation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by R-MC student, Waddell Howard ’09.
Howard has traveled the country delivering this powerful speech, including a presentation at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. For more information about this and other events at R-MC, please contact Pam Harris Cox at 752-3712, email@example.com or Anne Marie Lauranzon at 804-752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.