UNA hosts Martin Luther King Day march
FLORENCE – More than 100 people marched throughout the University of North Alabama campus Monday to honor the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual King commemoration came as the nation has experienced civil rights protests and marches over the last year.
Ansley Quiros, a UNA history professor whose studies focus on race, politics and religion, discussed King’s Fierce Urgency of Now” speech.
“I think we all recognize in a way that perhaps we haven’t, that the moment we are in is urgency – fiercely so,” Quiros said.
She quoted King’s statement that “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
Quiros also asked those in attendance to become involved.
“Write a letter, make a call, cast a vote, march, read, educate, organize, volunteer, work or pray,” she said. “Do something. Get in it.”
UNA President Ken Kitts also spoke of parallels between the 1960s and today.
“It was a time of great uncertainty and our country was deeply divided, torn between the realities of who we are and who we want to be,” Kitts said. “Does any of that sound familiar?”