Kentucky State University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly speaker encouraged a “but if not” attitude
Kentucky State University honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during its annual assembly memorializing the civil rights icon.
“Sixty four years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the commencement speech to the graduating class of Kentucky State College,” Dr. Stashia L. Emanuel, acting executive director of strategic initiatives, said. “Dr. King said, ‘We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.’ As a historically Black college and university, we too have a glorious opportunity before us. Dr. King knew that, being a student and a graduate of an HBCU himself. That opportunity presents itself every day from when you enrolled, as you matriculate through your coursework, graduate and present yourself to the world as a Thorobred.”
Dr. Tiffany Monique Lloyd, a multi-faceted academician and inspirational speaker, provided the assembly address.
“The moment you decide you will continue to do what God has placed on your heart is the moment your success begins to happen,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd encouraged attendees to adapt a “but if not” approach to every aspect of their life.
“What does it look like? I’m so glad that you asked,” Lloyd said. “I really want to receive a scholarship this semester but if not I will still donate to my alma mater when I graduate. I really want more celebrities, lawmakers, and Congress to give more to HBCUs but if not I will make sure I stand in the gaps so the next generation will know that Black schools produce Black excellence. I really wish accomplishing this goal could get easier but if not I will persevere anyhow because success is where struggle meets determination.”
Lloyd implored attendees to fall in love with the process instead of looking forward to the outcome.
Dr. Shambra Mulder received the Spirit of King award, granted by the University to an individual/organization who exemplifies the character and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Junior Tremayia Johnson provided a musical selection.