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Citadel News Service
18 Oct 2012

History students travel to Atlanta for MLK research

Ten Citadel students recently visited the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site in Atlanta, Ga., as part of their continuing study of King's political and religious leadership.

The students visited King's boyhood home on Auburn Avenue and historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where King served as co-pastor with his father. The students are enrolled in Professor Kerry Taylor's "Martin Luther King, Jr. and Leadership" (History 371), a course that uses as primary resources documents such as King's sermons, speeches, and correspondence to explore various aspects of the civil rights leader's life.

"Seeing the neighborhood where he grew up brought our texts to life," said Cadet Matthew Myers. "It provided visual reinforcement that bolstered the impact of what we have been reading and learning about in lecture. It was a unique opportunity not afforded to me in any other class I have taken while in college."

Cadet Alfreida Salkey was most impressed by historic interpreter Stephon Ferguson's stirring rendition of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

"His pauses, his inflection, and his pronunciation were exactly like" the address at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, she said.

At the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, students visited King's final resting place and that of his wife, Coretta Scott King. As they paused at the reflecting pool surrounding the tomb, the students met representatives of the River State Women's Association, who were in Atlanta to promote their efforts to improve education and healthcare in their home state in Nigeria.

 Photography for slide show by veteran cadet Norris Evans.

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