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Associated Students of EAC host Martin Luther King Jr. tribute
[Click Image to Enlarge] EAC student Pat Riley gave a stirring performance of A Change is Going to Come, at EAC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute held last Thursday [EAC - Lori Dugan photo].
By Lori Dugan
THATCHER, AZ—The Associated Students of Eastern Arizona College gathered Thursday morning for a walk across campus in a symbolic re-enactment of Dr. King’s 1963 March on Washington. The walk ended at the middle campus amphitheatre where the crowd was greeted by ASEAC Service Coordinator Deva Woods.
EAC student Aaron Jones, of Coolidge, explained the purpose of the tribute and said, in part, “It’s an honor to recognize the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He represents the struggles, sacrifices, achievements, and accomplishments of countless people for equality. Our individual differences are what make the world an interesting place but the things we have in common are what make it a livable place for all mankind.”
An overview of the program was presented by EAC student Jawaun Luckey of Augusta, Georgia; and highlights of Dr. King’s life were read by AJ Meyers, also from Augusta, Georgia.
These presentations were followed by Pat Riley of Attapulgus, Georgia, at the keyboard singing A Change is Going to Come.
The program concluded with excerpts of King’s famous I Have a Dream speech read by Terrence Stephens, a student from Warner Robins, Georgia.
Music, birthday cake, and the sharing of each others’ individual dreams followed the ceremony.