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Trenton Campus Observes MLK Day with Thoughtful Reflection

1/21/15


Trenton, N.J. – With song, dance and powerful readings, Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC's) Trenton Campus hosted a tribute to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19. Administrators and staff joined with students from MCCC’s Youth College and members of the community to reflect on the words and wisdom that King imparted during his celebrated life and continue to reverberate to the present day.

The theme of the day, “Passing the Torch,” was prominent in many of the participants' comments and in multiple readings, which included excerpts from King’s work.

“You can’t know how far you have come unless you know where you have been,” said Master of Ceremonies Craig Morris, Assistant Director of Community Education and Training at the Trenton Campus. Morris shared MC duties with Brian Cody, Assistant Director of Upward Bound.

Trenton Campus Provost Monica Weaver welcomed the crowd. She was followed by President Patricia C. Donohue, who observed that today’s high school and college students were born decades after King. “It’s important to have intergenerational conversations and to pass on the lessons and knowledge to the next generation,” she said.

MCCC Professor of Communication Alvyn Haywood
read a poem by Khalil Gibran. Students joined in by presenting some fascinating and little known facts about King's life and his acclaimed "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered in 1963 in front of 250,000 participants during the March on Washington.

Ewing High School junior Quenton Couch, who is also enrolled in college classes at Mercer, mesmerized the audience with a spirited tap performance. Lucia Brown-Joseph, advisor for MCCC’s African American Student Organization, noted that this rhythm-based form of dance is an extension of the African tradition of drumming.

The ceremony concluded with a special presentation to Dr. Donohue, who will retire in June. “We thank you for your continuing support of the Trenton Campus and wish you well in the next phase of your life,” said Brown-Joseph, who presented the president with flowers and a plaque.

Trenton High School sophomore Bianca
Randolph shared her review of the film "Selma."
President Pat Donohue and African
American Student Organization Advsior
Lucia Brown-Joseph.

Audience members during MCCC's Martin Luther King Day tribute at the Trenton Campus.

MCCC's MLK Day Committee: front row, from left, President Patricia C. Donohue, Lucia Brown-Joseph, Monique Richardson and Corvena Francis-Denton; back row, from left, Terrence Carter, Stacy Denton, Tiffany Laramore, Brian Cody, Craig Morris and Monica Weaver.
Quenton Couch performed an intricate tap dance that
drew applause and cries of approval from the crowd.
Audience members captured Couch's performance on their phones.
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