Music-filled MLK tribute touches students
“Two things that bring families, enemies, friends, classmates, and anyone else together are food and music.”
Wilma Jackson, director of multicultural support services, said that with a big smile on Friday, moments after Doane’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Message to Martin,” concluded at the Lakeside Coffee Shop.
Jackson and her office organized the event, which featured music from Doane Choir and special guest Mesonjixx, a group based in Lincoln. The tribute to Dr. King began with a message from Jackson and a brief clip of Dr. King’s historical “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.
Dozens of students and staff gathered at Lakeside to pay tribute to Dr. King while enjoying the touching music. Lined up hand-in-hand across the back of the coffee shop, Doane Choir kicked off the music by performing “True Colors,” led by soloists Alexia Childers ’18 and Hannah Loos ’20.
“Seeing everyone join hands was very touching,” Jackson said. “I think joining hands is a sign of unity and solidarity, it was very powerful. It added something to the voices and the messages.”
Mesonjixx followed Doane Choir by performing a few of their original songs, led by songstress and former Doane student Mary Elizabeth Lawson and Myles Jasnowski.
Lawson, who had trouble fighting back emotions on stage, said this was her first time back on Doane’s campus since 2009.
“This was such a memorable experience,” Lawson said. “I am typically not emotional on stage but that is what Doane has meant to me. I’m so thankful for Wilma reaching out to ask us to perform. What better way to honor Dr. King and his life than through music.”
Jackson, who helps organize a tribute on campus to Martin Luther King, Jr. each year, leads an office that is very passionate about awareness for injustice and social injustice. This tribute came on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, and is another reminder that it is our responsibility to carry out his work and make this world a better place.
“Even today we still have issues that are occurring in our society that we need to stand up and be vocal about,” Jackson says. “This was a tribute to Dr. King and the work he started, but it’s also an opportunity to inspire and encourage our students to be advocates for others, to stand up for people.”
The next event the Multicultural Support Services is offering is a Critical Courageous Conversation on Human Trafficking in the United States, led by Dr. Jennifer Bossard, which will take place on January 31 at Noon in the Multicultural Center Nexus.