MGC DUBLIN CAMPUS CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
(Cochran, GA) – The Middle Georgia College Dublin Campus recently celebrated Black History Month with a program featuring Dr. Diane O’Neal, an educator in the Laurens County School System and Ashford University. The program also included performances by the Dublin High School Choir as well as the MGC Sway Dance Club. The event was sponsored by the Dublin campus Multi-Cultural Association.
Dr. O’Neal spoke about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his idea of a beloved community. The beloved community works for justice for all people, said Dr. O’Neal. She then quoted Dr. King: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Dr. O’Neal explained that one voice in the beloved community can represent everyone. “We have to widen our embrace and welcome strangers,” she said. “I can never be what I ought to be unless you are what you ought to be.”
Members of the beloved community must be consistent and persistent, said Dr. O’Neal. “Issues must be resolved, even if that means you must stand out to do so.” The beloved community must also be vigilant in working to serve others. “How can we help someone in need?” said Dr. O’Neal. “It takes everyone to produce good schools, good jobs, safe streets, and loving homes.”
Finally, the beloved community requires a willingness to fight for justice. “It requires sacrifice,” said Dr. O’Neal. “Let’s not wait and allow injustices to flourish. Now is the time for action. You have to go beyond yourself so we can move from one voice to many.”
Rosetta Hudson, the MGC Coordinator of the Academic Resource Center and Financial Aid Counselor for the Dublin Campus, gave a tribute to former MGC employee Don Horton. An Open Mic session featured Whitney Herring, Jacinda Lindsey, Reverend Vernon Lloyd, Michael Coleman, and Victoria Allen. Chaplain Jack E. Brown ended the program with a benediction.
Pamela Williams, the Sergeant At-Arms of the Multi-Cultural Association, said the event went well. “The speaker was amazing and the students’ participation was awesome. The planning process was a little hard, but the work was worth it. I am anticipating for next year because Multi-Cultural is planning to do bigger and better things.”
Grace Adams-Square, a Political Science Instructor on the Dublin campus and an Advisor for the Dublin Multi-Cultural Association, said “The Black History Program was inspiring on several levels. It enhanced our comprehension of African Americans’ participation in contemporary society. It showcased our past struggles and history. It allowed us to see the talents of our youth and college students. I am very proud of the officers, their hard work and determination to present this outstanding program to the college community."