Reinhardt University’s Martin Luther King Day activities, held Sunday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 16, allowed students, faculty and staff to gather together to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., along with The Developing, Rational, Empowered, African Americans, Motivating, Society (D.R.E.A.M.S), who joined in the worship, reflection and service throughout the event.
Sunday’s activities consisted of attending worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, exploring the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and eating at a black-owned restaurant in Atlanta before returning to campus. The activities continued through Monday and included time for reflection on Dr. King’s legacy by watching his “I Have a Dream,” a provided lunch and projects to clean up Reinhardt and the surrounding community.
Coordinator of Programming and Service at Reinhardt’s Office of Student Activities, Meredith Keating, shared her thoughts on the event.
“Each day had about 20 student participants,” Keating said. “On Sunday, we also had several Reinhardt faculty and staff attend. Dr. Roberts, the provost, and his family attended the church service with us. I was pleased with the participation, but I’m looking to get a larger participation next year.”
The Developing, Rational, Empowered, African Americans, Motivating, Society was also highly involved during the event, participating in all of the different activities organized on both Sunday and Monday, including the Sunday worship service, reflection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, and cleaning up Reinhardt and the surrounding community. Senior Accounting major and President of D.R.E.A.M.S, Darrell Arnold, shared the goal of the organization.
“We, as a student-led organization, are men and women dedicated to serving those in need, in our own community and around the world,” Arnold said. “We share a core belief that community is what we make it. In addition to service and promoting diversity, we enjoy fellowship and development of leadership skills.”
Arnold also expressed his thoughts on working with the other students at Reinhardt University.
“My experiences working with other Reinhardt students has made me realize there are individuals willing to come together to make change in our society,” Arnold said. “If we start to come together as one, there is no stopping us. We have to believe in ourselves and in others so that we can stand up for change. In essence, whenever you get a chance to attend special events, take full advantage of it. You’ll be surprised how it impacts your life.”
Students looking to get involved in The Developing, Rational, Empowered, African Americans, Motivating, Society can contact Julie Kirk at JAK@reinhardt.edu.
Written by: Adria Mulrooney. Photos courtesy of: Walter May & Jeff Reed.