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January 21, 2013

Uplifting words, songs mark Martin Luther King Jr. event

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Niagara Gazette — He also touched on ways to reconcile and heal in this world with a black president.

Monday's party also featured music, as Falls gospel voice Marsha McWilson belted out soulful words in honor of King and the struggles of black America throughout the centuries. Niagara University student Gequon Hunter also took the stage, performing "We Shall Overcome," to applause from the gathered crowd.

But it was the St. Martin de Porres Choir which stole the show, performing multiple song selections, including its own rendition of "We Shall Overcome," with help from the entire audience.

Surrounded in the Castellani Art Museum by portraits of specific instances of injustice and overcoming obstacles, the program served as a celebration and a reminder of what it takes to achieve what the human race sets out to do.

"Dr. King supported the ideals of the American society and challenged it to get better," University Executive Vice President Bonnie Rose, Ph. D. said. "And what better place to be than here, surrounded by these displays featuring injustice ... and ways we've overcome it."

"He wanted equality of opportunity, respect for people of all races and colors. But the foundation of all he believed and all he stood for was love and peace and faith. So any topic that explores the qualities of humanity, it's really about love, peace and freedom. And that's regardless of what differences we have."

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