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
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.