JBU to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Siloam Springs, Ark (January 14, 2004) — “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” These famous words of Martin Luther King Jr. have echoed through the hearts of many over the last 41 years. John Brown University will hold a special chapel service on Monday, Jan. 19 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Mr. Alan Murry, director of enrollment marketing at JBU, will deliver Dr. King’s powerful speech at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks. “It is indeed a pleasure to present Dr. King’s speech at JBU on the national holiday commemorating his birth,” Murry said. “I am excited to be a part of such an event and trust that all who attend and hear the presentation will get some sense of the passion for the cause of civil and equal rights Dr. King maintained until his untimely death.” Murry has been delivering Dr. King’s famous speech for nearly 25 years. He has made this presentation at such places as the capitol steps in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Rose State College, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and the University of South Florida. This is the first year that JBU has celebrated the holiday with a chapel. The chapel will also feature a multimedia presentation on Dr. King. JBU alumnus, Harry Walls will return to campus to lead a time of praise and worship. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated as a national holiday in 1986. John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.