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Keynote speaker Marilyn Sanders Mobley said, “We will stand on the right side of justice,” when speaking at the program.

Feb. 4, 2019

Remembering MLK’s Legacy

Cleveland State University accommodated an event in the Berkman Hall auditorium on Jan. 24. The event called “The Cost of Deferred Dreams: Reflecting on King’s Legacy Today’ was put on by Cleveland State’s Black Studies department.

Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Ph.D., keynote speaker at the “The Cost of Deferred Dreams: Reflecting on King’s Legacy Today,” Jan. 24 said that ending bad housing, mass incarceration, and poor health care for black women and children are necessary to eliminate the root problems of America’s turbulence today.

Mobley is the vice president of inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity and a professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

She said she believes social issues are a pressing matter in today’s society. “We will understand the cost we are paying for deferred dreams,” she said, “and we will stand on the side of justice, roll up our sleeve, and do our part to challenge the status quo.”

In her speech, Mobley said she experienced the same treatment Dr. Martin Luther King experienced, telling a story about how she and her husband relocated and wanted to go look at a house in their new city, but the owner wouldn’t let them in because “I have nothing you can afford.”

She said she knew they could definitely fight it but they decided to leave it be and look elsewhere, noting this was exactly what King wanted for his people, showing love towards hate.

“The more woke he became in calling out the nation’s racism, discrimination, and economic inequities, the more he was considered a troublemaker,” Mobley said.

Also participating in the event was Grammy Award-winning pianist, Angelin Chang, professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Cleveland State. She won the Grammy award for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra in the year 2007. She is the first American female classical piano player of Asian descent to be awarded a Grammy.

The audience sang an acapella version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Cleveland State University President Harlan Sands made remarks and the John F. Kennedy High School Junior ROTC posted the colors. Dr. Gregory Sadlek, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, made the concluding remarks.

This is just one of many events the Black Student Union will hold this semester. These events include a screening and discussion of “The Hate You Give”movie, a response to the images of slavery in film event, and The Carter G. Woodson Challenge and Madame C.J. Walker Extravaganza. You may also check its website and social media accounts for more information on their other upcoming event dates and times.


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