Wabash Honors a Dream and a Speech

The Wabash community gathered in Pioneer Chapel on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate America’s great champion of racial justice and equality, recalling Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” address with a shared reading by more than 80 Wabash students, faculty, staff, administrators, and campus guests. Each person read one line from the speech. (Click through the photos above to see many of the participants.)

Monday’s shared reading was organized by the College’s Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies and attended by more than 150, in addition to the readers.

Wabash President Gregory Hess read the opening line and A.J. Clark ’16 and Dean for Professional Development Alan Hill ended with the speech’s famous conclusion: “And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'”

A.J. Clark ’16 concluded the celebration, leading the group in singing “Old Wabash.”

See a video of the celebration here. 

Read the speech here: www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm