Nashville Remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. With Discussions
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There were several discussions about race relations in the United States on the day the nation paused to remember Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.
Students at Belmont University lit candles and marched across campus in memory of the slain civil rights leader.
"It's really important that we continue to reflect, and we continue to remember all the things that were done for us to be right here, just in this moment today," said Keayana Robinson, president of the Belmont Black Student Association.
At Vanderbilt University there was a panel discussion about the current state of race relations in America. John Seigenthaler, Sr. was active during the civil rights movement. He said we still have a long way to go in this country.
"We like to think that the past, is the past. But the truth of the matter is that discrimination is still alive and well in this country, racism is still alive and well in this country," Seigenthaler said.
Later Monday night, actor and activist Danny Glover spoke to a large crowd at Vanderbilt's Langford Auditorium. He said many of Dr. King's principals from five decades ago are still applicable today.
"You can't have justice, real justice, until there's economic justice," Glover said.
Glover was the keynote speaker for Vanderbilt's MLK Day celebration. Belmont University has two weeks of remembrance activities planned for the community.