Instructor of Philosophy Rodmon King gave an address, titled “We Must Be the Dream: A Call to Activism,” during Maryville College’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The celebration also featured the Maryville College Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, student readings and dance performances.
King has been featured in a Colleges video, and last November was the second guest of the Leadership Café, during which he outlined his own path to leadership, crediting his parents, in particular his father, for pushing him to follow his passions, even when that meant leaving the security of an astrophysics major to take up philosophy. King said he was further influenced by a summer job spent working on a farm, where he learned the value of hard work and physical labor.
The article that appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel prior to his presentation follows.
Knoxville News Sentinel
YourNews: Maryville College to host speaker for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 11, 2012
Rodmon King, assistant professor of philosophy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will give a presentation titled “We Must Be the Dream: A Call to Activism” at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.
The event is sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Maryville College Multicultural Center and is free and open to the public.
This annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will also include a performance by the Maryville College Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, as well as readings and dance performances by students.
Rodmon King, who is dedicated to empowering individuals to become agents of social change, has taught leadership ethics courses for the Centennial Center for Leadership at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, located in Geneva, N.Y. His current research focuses on the intersection between normative virtue ethics and social justice. Over the past two years, he has given workshops on diversity, activism and racial privilege for the G.L.I.M.P.S.E. Diversity Student Leadership Conference. For the past six years, he has served as the faculty adviser to Sankofa: the Black Student Union at Hobart & William Smith Colleges.
“My students met Professor King at our G.L.I.M.P.S.E. conference held at Centre College in Kentucky last year,” said Larry Ervin, director of multicultural affairs at Maryville College. “He has a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of caring about social issues in higher education.”
Ervin said it is important to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so “we don’t forget the legacy that he inherited and the hope that he helped perpetuate.”
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