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Dallas Cowboys helped honor King

Jan. 17, 2001

Campus group organized event to pay homage to slain Civil Rights leader


Staff writer

Baylor students, faculty, staff and people from the community gathered in Miller Chapel on Monday night to celebrate 'the life of a man who changed history.' The event signified the first year Baylor has recognized the national holiday dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ryan Romine, an Elkhart, Ind., junior, from the Martin Luther King Jr. committee of the Association of Black Students, said the meaning of the occasion was to remember a dream.

'We came to remember a dream that is beautiful, but still not accomplished,' he said.

The event, titled, 'Living the Legacy,' featured Flozell Adams and Kelvin Garmon of the Dallas Cowboys, and music from the Greater New Light Choir, the Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church, and the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir.

Adams, an offensive lineman for the Cowboys, stressed the importance of team unity.

'Christians are all on the same team; they are all brothers and sisters,' he said.

Former Baylor student and current Cowboy, Garmon reflected on King's many contributions to society.

'Martin Luther King Jr. opened many doors. Know your options, use those doors,' he said.

Just 12 hours short of his degree, Garmon told the audience his football injury in college helped him see the importance and seriousness of life.

'Don't let time go by, take advantage of what you have,' Garmon said.

A luncheon sponsored by the Department of Educational Administration was held on Friday in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center. The guest speaker was Dr. Adrian Johnson, superintendent of the Aransas County Independent School District and expert on cultural diversity. The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and the Association of Black Students organized the event.

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