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.”
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.
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.
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/