We Shall Overcome

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Angela Davis

The community commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities

Deep in my heart, I do believe…Those are the words that played over and over in my mind as I left the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Monday night. They are part of the lyrics that the full-house gathering at Lawrence Chapel sang with arms entwined.

Having the opportunity to hear from Dr. Angela Davis, activist, educator, and writer was certainly part of the reason that the turnout was impressive. Dr. Davis' message was thoughtful and challenging, and equally impressive were the young writers who were the winners of the essay contest. We heard from four students ranging in age from third grade through a senior in high school. These four girls had messages that were inspiring, insightful, and wise beyond their years.

Earlier this year, minority students who attend Lawrence shared stories of how they have been treated. These revelations have saddened and shocked us, and made us realize that we have work to do to educate, heal and make our community one that is welcoming to everyone.

Being in the chapel and seeing the seats filled everywhere - balcony and side aisles - and knowing that an overflow crowd was watching on a screen at Stansbury Theatre was an affirmation of what community means in the Fox Cities.

Kudos to the committee that has provided the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration in the Fox Cities for 25 years. Their vision and commitment provides an event that enriches our lives and inspires us to truly believe that we shall overcome someday.

United Way is proud to help sponsor this event.