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Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole’s talk, “Barriers are Meant to be Broken,” sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity (CSD) for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program, opened the spring semester of events not only to honor Dr. King but also to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first African American students in residence at William & Mary. Her words of inspiration were also a call to action:
“We’re living in such profoundly troubling times and if we’re not careful, do you know we could actually lose hope? We could lose hope that true change will ever come. …
Well, I can tell you that I might not see the day when everyone is judged by the content of his or her character. But I surely have the responsibility to fight, to fight in a non-violent way for that day to come – if not for me, for future generations.”
The program included opening remarks by Shenè Owens, Assistant Director, CSD; introduction of speaker by Dr. Tatia Granger, Clinical Associate Professor, Mason School of Business; a dance performance by DeLauren Davis, Neonna Ferebee ’20, Jordan Gilliard ’18, and Leah Jones ’19; and closing remarks by Dr. Kimberly Weatherly, Director, CSD.