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Suzan Johnson Cook Inspires Students at HU MLK Jr. Program

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook speaks in Ogden Hall at the Martin Luther King, Jr. program.

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook speaks in Ogden Hall at the Martin Luther King, Jr. program.

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook was the keynote speaker at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony at Hampton University. Cook, a former Baptist preacher and the first woman and first African-American to serve as the United States Department ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, encouraged students that "greatness is within you" and to not forget "the generation that preceded you." The program was preceded by a march that began at Emancipation Oak on campus and ended at Ogden Hall.

- Leha Byrd

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Five Facts About Martin Luther King Jr. You Might Not Know

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

King's birth name was Michael.
King was born Michael King Jr. However, his father, a pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

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