Day of Impact: FSC Celebrates Lessons From The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aug 13, 2019

by Southern News

In January, students and faculty members gathered to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a special Day of Impact that included a service project to assemble hundreds of trays of nonperishable food for distribution to hungry and homeless youths in Polk County.

The event, which featured an address by alumna and Trustee Evett L. Simmons, Esq. ’79, was held in the George W. Jenkins Field House on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, a federal holiday to celebrate the life and pivotal achievements of the American civil rights leader, who was slain in 1968.

Dr. King’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” written following a 1963 arrest for his involvement in a nonviolent public demonstration, was at the heart of Simmons’ compelling talk.

“In some ways, we are facing the same battles 55 years later,” the Port St. Lucie-based lawyer said. “Injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.” Speaking as Dr. King’s “surrogate,” Simmons said, she challenged audience members to be their brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

“Dr. King is calling on us to make a positive impact,” she said. “And it starts with each of you today.”

FSC President Dr. Anne Kerr asked the large assemblage of students to reflect on Dr. King and “how much he accomplished through his message of love.”

The service project that followed the program involved more than 60 students who teamed with representatives from a local nonprofit agency, kidsPACK, to assemble and wrap 375 trays of nonperishable items such as granola bars, peanut butter crackers, pasta cups, nuts, and applesauce for area children in need. Each tray was meant to provide the equivalent of two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners.