DR. J. HERMAN BLAKE AND DR. EMILY MOORE DELIVER MOUNT UNION COLLEGE'S MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY ADDRESS

June 02, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The husband and wife team of Dr. J. Herman Blake and Dr. Emily Moore lectured on Monday in the Rodman Theatre as the keynote speakers of Mount Union College's Martin Luther King Day observance.

Moore has served as an executive at Benedict College and Bryn Mawr College, among other schools. She is acclaimed for her in-depth photo essay on the women and children of Zimbabwe.

Blake is a published author of Revolutionary Suicide, a work about the Black Panthers. He has worked with Save the Children and the Rockefeller Foundation and has earned five honorary degrees.

After Moore and Blake dedicated their remarks to Barbara Jordan and Esau Jenkins, respectively, they began their speech, which was entitled The Dream: Believing, Achieving, and Exceeding.

The speech focused on Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech and included practical ways to live Dr. King's principles.

First, Moore and Blake related, we must believe in the dream and its ideals of nonviolence. Blake challenged, "Do we really believe in this dream, or is it just a convenient excuse for a day off?"

Moore then spoke on the importance of achieving this dream. She pointed toward the need for reconciliation and peace in human relations in order to attain King's utopian "beloved community." She stated, "Power without love is reckless and abusive."

Blake then spoke on the ability of each person not only to achieve the dream, but also to exceed it.

The two then concluded their speech with a question and answer period. Later in the day, they held workshops for interested students and faculty.

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