Rev. James Encourages All to Dream Like Dr. King

MLK Event Draws Crowd of 100

January 19, 2018

If you truly want to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “go somewhere and do something for somebody else!” says Reverend Ivan Lee James, who spoke Thursday at Central Methodist University’s 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.  

Hosted by the African American Student Union and the Center for Faith and Service, the event drew an estimated 100 students, faculty, and community members, encouraging them to stand for equality and make a difference in the world.

Reverend James speaks at the MLK luncheon.

Two awards were presented in memory of AASU’s founding advisor. The Lea Tindal Memorial Award recipients both demonstrated a commitment, and passion to serving others in the spirit of Martin Luther King. The Outstanding Servant Award went to Ronneta Head, who was honored for her servant’s heart, deep passion, and willingness to go above and beyond. The Public Service Leadership Award went to Tyrone J. Flowers, who was recognized for demonstrating his belief and support of AASU and CMU in numerous ways.

In his speech, Rev James empowered the audience by saying, “Dr. Martin Luther King didn’t want to be the only one who had a dream, but he wants you to work on the dream that you have! You can make a difference!”

Rev James. James is a member of the Saint Louis Minority Business Council, serves as the lay pastor of Asbury UMC in St. Louis, and is a member of the CMU Board of Trustees.

“I’m glad that at Central Methodist we can have an event like this that celebrates the life of such an incredible man,” said CMU President Roger Drake. “We’re so appreciative that another incredible man, Rev James, came and delivered the keynote speech for us. I think it was a great day.”

Speaking directly to the younger generation, James said, “Don’t let (anyone) turn you around. Don’t be ashamed. Be friendly with each other. Don’t be afraid to speak out.”