Jan 17, 2022
Over 100 Florida Southern College students worked together to pack 800 lunches for kidsPACK on FSC’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Impact.
Dr. King was a man of service, action and faith. FSC students spent Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by following in his footsteps.
“How will you create your Dr. King moment?” asked Wilhelmina Tribble, FSC’s Chief Diversity Officer. “We are counting on you, and we are confident you will make a difference. You will make us proud.”
Her words clearly resonated with the students who showed up to give back to their community on a day that is synonymous with service.
Before packing lunches for kidsPACK, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding disadvantaged children, there was entertainment and a speaker on Mr. George’s Green to honor Dr. King.
Kimberly Milton ’07 could be heard singing from afar, her operatic voice beautifully soaring notes throughout the FSC campus.
Milton is a FSC alumna and professional opera singer who originally hails from Lakeland. Vanessa Beckham, director of the Simmons Multicultural Center, wanted to bring an impactful alumna of color for the event and Milton was top of mind.
After Milton shocked the crowd with her incredible voice, Tribble announced the keynote speaker for the event – Evett L. Simmons, Esq. ’79.
Simmons is a noted author, managing partner for the firm Simmons, Finney & Winfield, LLC, a member of the Board of Trustees at FSC and the chair for the Board’s Diversity Task Force.
The Multicultural Simmons Center on campus was named in recognition of Simmons’ accomplishments and devoted service to her community.
“Evett is always giving back,” Tribble said.
Simmons’ speech focused on the urgency of protecting the vote, a right Dr. King fought for throughout his life. She detailed his several achievements and the adversities he fought against until his life was taken away from him at the young age of 39.
Voting is not about being political, Simmons said, but about being equal. To honor Dr. King and his life’s work, Americans must continue to demand equal access to the ballot so that economic and social equality will follow.
Simmons encouraged students to make their voices known and honor Dr. King’s legacy by making a positive impact in their community.
“Each of you have the opportunity to make your voices known,” she said. “Dr. King is calling on us to make that positive impact and it can start with you today.”
There was a call to action, and Florida Southern College answered it.
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