Just in case you missed it on January 22, 2019, The Benedict College Comparative Religion and Introduction to African American History students joined student representatives from the National Council of Negro Women, Benedict-Byrd College Section and Alpha Eta Chi to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, and Am Yisrael Chai 2019 by planting tulip bulbs at the entrance of our hallowed campus.
Dr. Lillie A. Burgess, Professor of Religion and Biblical Studies, introduced Rabbi Jonathan Case of Beth Shalom Synagogue, Columbia, SC our keynote speaker and conferred a Certificate of Appreciation. Rabbi Case presented a stirring keynote address and solemn prayer.
His focus was on the importance of determination, perseverance, education, faith, and hope as well as memory and action on behalf of humanitarian crises, tenets held dear at Benedict College. In addition, Dr. Marsha Myers-Jones, Adjunct Professor of History, provided additional background knowledge in her speech as this event was dedicated to the spiritual kinship of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, two stalwart Civil Rights activists.