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Anthony Brown speaks about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. during Goshen College's MLK Day celebrations Monday Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Brown is a musician, peace activist, counselor, professor and 1971 Goshen College graduate. In 2007, Brown founded the Peacing It Together Foundation to stage musical events worldwide that foster peace and social justice. (Photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College) (AP)

Members of the Voices-N-Harmony choir sing at the convocation during Goshen College's MLK Day celebrations on Monday, Jan. 20. (Photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College) (AP)

Anthony Brown speaks about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. during Goshen College's MLK Day celebrations Monday Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Brown is a musician, peace activist, counselor, professor and 1971 Goshen College graduate. In 2007, Brown founded the Peacing It Together Foundation to stage musical events worldwide that foster peace and social justice. (Photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College) (AP)

Treivon Boyd, a freshman exercise science major from Anderson, Ind., participates in a spoken word coffeehouse during Goshen College's MLK Day celebrations on Monday, Jan. 20 2014. (Photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College) (AP)

Armarlie Grier, a sophomore English writing major from Rockford, Ill., speaks at the spoken word coffeehouse during Goshen College's MLK Day celebrations on Monday, Jan. 20 2014. (Photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College) (AP)

Goshen College students attend a spoken word coffeehouse during Goshen College's MLK Day celebrations on Monday, Jan. 20 2014 (Photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College) (AP)

Goshen College students were not in classes Monday Jan. 20, 2014 though campus buzzed with activity to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Events included a community breakfast, literature reading, convocation address. (Photo Supplied) (AP)
Goshen College marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with day of activities

Posted on Jan. 20, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — Goshen College students were not in classes on Monday, Jan. 20, but the campus buzzed with activity to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Events included a community breakfast, literature reading, convocation address by 1971 graduate Anthony Brown and related lectures.

Indiana Rep. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse spoke at the breakfast, sharing thoughts on the “American Dream” as the daughter of migrant workers from Mexico.

“Being a minority, you related to what Martin Luther King said because you lived it,” she said after her speech.

Activity then moved to the student-organized Spoken-Word Coffeehouse.

Dominique Chew, a student from Hesston, Kan., concluded the literature readings with an original piece entitled, “Light on the hill.”

The piece described an experience Chew’s mother had last year after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. The incident occurred in Florida.

Chew’s mother, a mixed-race woman, asks Chew in the piece, “when will the white folks speak up?”

The coffeehouse concluded with responses from the audience.

Voices-in-Harmony, the college’s gospel choir, opened the convocation assembly at 10 a.m. with two songs preceding Brown’s keynote address.

Brown, a musician and peace activist, began his speech with a song. He said that he first heard of King’s assassination before taking the stage as a soloist during a college choir tour.

His speech included stories from King’s life, information about changing demographics in the United States and historical changes at Goshen College related to diversity. He concluded with another song.

Later, Ivy Tech professor Irene Britt and Goshen College professor Steve Nolt gave lectures on the topics of institutional racism and women in the civil rights movement, respectively. Masters students at Goshen College gave a presentation on institutional racism.