(l-r) Olivia Besselieu ’14, President Lindgren,
Dr. Wilson, Aliya Headley ’12
Randolph-Macon College honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January
16, 2012 with a noon ceremony held in Blackwell Auditorium in R-MC’s Center for
Performing Arts. R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren welcomed guest speaker, Dr. Jamelle
Wilson, the Superintendent for Hanover County Public Schools and a near capacity
crowd which included representatives from the Hanover County Public School Board,
the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and Ashland Town Council. He also acknowledged
R-MC Trustee Robin Anne Floyd ’85 and Donna Klepper ’75 who serves as vice president
on the Society of Alumni Board of Directors.
MLK Celebration to view a slideshow of photos from the event.
Wilson delivered an inspirational address, and referred to Dr. King as “one of the
greatest men to grace our global community.” Wilson reminded the audience that King’s
work was not only for civil rights but also for socio-economic justice and challenged
those in attendance to ask themselves, “What am I doing to embody Dr. King’s message?”
Wilson has served as superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools since her appointment
on July 1, 2011. Prior to serving as superintendent, she served as assistant superintendent
for instructional leadership, principal, assistant principal, curriculum specialist,
and classroom teacher in Hanover County Public Schools. She also served as a principal
with Caroline County Public Schools.
Wilson is a graduate of Spotsylvania County Public Schools. She completed her undergraduate
studies, and earned both, a master’s degree in teaching and a doctorate in education
with a concentration in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia.
She also earned a master’s degree in English with a concentration in writing and
rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The tribute to Dr. King also included two musical presentations by the Ujima Gospel
Choir, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” By James Weldon Johnson and “Emmanuel” by Norman
Randolph-Macon College holds an annual celebration in honor of Dr. King. Previous
speakers include entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila Johnson, The Honorable Dwight
C. Jones, The Honorable Douglas L. Wilder, R-MC Religious Studies Professor Rev.
Jerry Ross and Civil Rights Leader Wyatt T. Walker.