The bitter cold did not prevent students from comimg together on Jan. 30. The Office of Multi-Cultural Student Services held its annual MLK march at Shippensburg University.
Students were asked to meet in the Ceddia Union Building in the Multipurpose Room at 3:30 p.m. for a rally, which featured keynote speaker and SU professor Sharnine Herbert, then students marched from the CUB, around campus then returned to the CUB immediately following the rally.
Every year the march is held for students to come out and support one another, while also standing up for their own dreams and beliefs.
Students march to demonstrate solidarity and concern in humanity.
This year, the keynote speaker, Herbert, concentrated on a message that taught students to not only march for the dream but also to march for themselves.
“I aspire to inspire,” Herbert said, making that a focal point of her speech and she had hoped that the students used that message in their day-to-day lives as they continue to grow and move farther into adulthood.
Herbert said all students should want to lead and inspire those who are coming behind them and her message held deep as the students gathered to march.
The single-digit temperatures did not stop the march from being a success. As the march began, students of different organizations held signs representing them and their organizations. They marched and chanted various phrases such as, “Each One Teach One,” and “Keep Hope Alive.”
This year was a success as the students gathered to come together for one focus and goal and that was to keep the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. alive.
After the march was over and everyone returned to the cub, refreshments were provided. The march has always been highly attended and this year was no different.
The march continues to develop, realize, express, aspire and motivate humanity.
For additional information about this year’s March for Humanity, check out A3 and theslateonline.com/news and theslateonline.com/shiplife.