The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated with stirring words, music and dance at St. Ann Center’s Bucyrus Campus. Children and adults gathered in the Intergenerational Park Monday morning to enjoy a program, emceed by the center’s Director of Pastoral Services Tony Phillips, in honor of what would have been the civil rights leader’s 90th birthday.
Vice President of Adult Day Services Joyce Davis reminded everyone to be persistently proud of who they are through her spirited reading of one of Maya Angelou’s most well-known poems, “Still I Rise.” Next, Megan Gayden of New Testament Central City Church expressed the joy that movement brings her through a graceful and powerful praise dance performance.
The words of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech echoed through the atrium in a dynamic reading by Sarah Knox. She asked the all-ages audience to continue carrying the dream in their hearts, hands and minds all across Milwaukee and the world. The program concluded with songs sung by Dr. Joyce Marie Dixon, president and founder of Agape Love Bible College. Clients and children clapped their hands to spirituals like “Wade in the Water” and joined their voices in the gospel song-turned-anthem of the civil rights movement, “We Shall Overcome.”