January 18th, 2016 marked the celebration of the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Formal Program. This program kicks off a week-long celebration of Dr. King’s legacy here on campus. The theme of this year’s week is “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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The formal program highlighted students, faculty, and members of the Harrisonburg community and praised their achievements all while honoring Dr. King’s work. The pinnacle of the night was a speech by the renown Ms. Diane Nash, a leader in the civil rights movement.

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Image via Instagram @jamesmadisonuniversity

Ms. Nash opened her speech with an objective, to teach about the philosophy and strategy on which the Civil Rights movement was based. She coined a term for her definition, agapic energy. She continues by saying “non-violence” was not a accurate description of the movement. “Non-violence is a negative term.” The movement was a product of agapic energy, or the power produced by the love of human kind.

Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr., James Bevel, Diane Nash Image via http://www.wnd.com/files/2015/03/nash-60s.png

Ms. Nash’s impactful words concluded her speech on a high note, ushering in the Sea of Lights candle lighting to conclude the day.

To learn more about the 2016 MLK week events, visit https://www.jmu.edu/multicultural/

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