Why are you alive? Video highlight of Johnson's speech
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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, Johnson led a spirited panel discussion engaging students on the topic of "Voices of a Generation: Music, Media and Social Activism." This podcast of the event features keynote speaker Jeff Johnson, Tim O'Brien, assistant director of broadcast and Web communications for the Central Michigan University Office of Public Relations and Marketing and a freelance film maker, and Mike Johnston, music teacher and musician and the host of Destination Out jazz program on public radio. Alma student Duncan Ferguson '10 recorded the discussion.
The Third Annual MLK Poetry Slam featured students, faculty and staff reading their original poetry and other poets' thoughts on race, justice and equality.
Deanna Daniels '10, Maywood. Il, won the Second Annual Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy Contest with a dance titled Dance to Action. Jacob Hanley '09, Memphis, created a video reflecting on the civil rights movement that placed second and a poem by Holly Dukes '12, earned third place.
The student competition to reflect on the legacy of Dr. King focused on social activism, the theme for the 2008 week-long celebration of the civil rights activist's life and times. Students were encouraged to reflect on Dr. King’s message and its place in the world today through the medium of the student's choosing: writing, music, media technology, posters, performance, art, for example.