Morristown, N.J. (April 9, 2018) – "Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up," said Martin Luther King, Jr. in his final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop", before being assassinated on April 4, 1968.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this tragic day in history, CSE's Black Student Union (BSU) hosted an event honoring Dr. King.
"MLK was such a visionary. His dream of social justice and inclusivity lives on in all of us who fight for what's right when faced with adversity," says Da'Niyah Goodwin, '20. "MLK deserves to be honored because if it was not for him and those who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, I wouldn't be at CSE today."
In addition to students, several faculty members also showed their support for King's message of love and justice.
"Attending the BSU event honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years after his assassination reminds us of the absolute necessity for resistance to all forms of oppression," says Francoise Cromer, a visiting assistant professor of political science at CSE. "We must refuse to accept domination and violence in any form."
After hearing an excerpt from his last speech, students then listened to King's final sermon known as the "The Drum Major Instinct." This sermon, which discusses King's desires for his funeral, eerily foreshadows his death only two months later.
"Every now and then I think about my own death and I think about my own funeral. And I don't think of it in a morbid sense," said King, who insisted he didn't want his eulogy to contain any mentions of his Nobel Peace Price or countless awards. "I want you to be able to say that I tried to love and serve humanity ... say I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all other shallow things will not matter."
The evening wrapped up with remarks by Larry Hamm which recalled King's impact on our nation. Mr. Hamm led student demonstrations against apartheid at Princeton in the 1970s.