BC Service will Honor the Memory of Dr. King
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College will honor the memory of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in a service on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall on the college campus.
The service, which is sponsored by the office of cultural and community engagement, is free and open to the public. Lacy Ward Jr., will provide the service’s keynote address “Looking Back, to Move Forward.”
The program will also feature Bridgewater College’s Lift Your Glad Voice Gospel Choir and Rasheena E. Williams, a sophomore psychology major from Philadelphia, Pa., will perform a dance routine.
Following the service, a reception will be held in the Kline Campus Center lounge.
Ward is director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville, Va. The museum is committed to the preservation and positive interpretation of the history of civil rights in education, specifically as it relates to Prince Edward County and the role its citizens played in America’s struggle to move from a segregated to an integrated society.
A recognized leader in heritage tourism, Ward serves as president of Preservation Virginia. In 2010 Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appointed him to the boards of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He is a member of the Virginia Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is a Virginia Adviser to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is a graduate of Lead Virginia’s class of 2009.
In 2002 President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission.
Ward is a veteran of the Gulf War and participated in combat operations in the Libyan and Iranian theaters.
“Change comes at a cost,” said Stephanie E. Wilson, director of multicultural services and service-learning at BC. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. paid the ultimate cost to see that people who were inhumanely treated achieve the freedom afforded others. Though his dream has not fully come to fruition, things are markedly better due to his sacrifice.”
Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a United States holiday marking the Jan. 15 birthday of King, who was murdered in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn., at the age of 39. It is one of four U.S. federal holidays commemorating an individual person.
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly1,700 undergraduate students.