The Hampton University Martin Luther King Jr. march and program was Jan. 19 on the University campus. The march began at 10 a.m. at Emancipation Oak and ended at Ogden Hall, where the program was held. The program began with an opening prayer by the Rev. Dr. Jerome A. Barber, of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple, and also included an address by HU NAACP College Chapter President Brielle Lewis.
The program's keynote speaker was HU Senior Biology Major Andrew D. Williams. A Macon, Ga. native, Williams spoke about being discouraged by recent accounts of violence against black youth. He admonished the audience to remember, however, "You are a child of the Most High. I am convinced that Dr. King became heroic because he knew who was, and most importantly whose he was."
Layla Herbin, 12, of Newport News, attended the march and program with her parents Annise and Corey Herbin.
"What I liked most about the march was how it brought together people in my age group to recognize this inspirational civil rights leader. I really enjoyed how the Hampton University students knew and sang the older songs," she said. "The speaker was very good. What stuck with me was when he said that people say 'If you didn't cheat, you didn't try.' I say, 'If you did cheat, then you didn't try.' I am looking forward to marching next year."