King Day Speaker Myrtle Figueras Tells Brenau Students to ‘Write Your Own Songs’

Mrytle Figueras address the Women’s College student body, faculty and staff during the annual winter convocation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mrytle Figueras address the Women’s College student body, faculty and staff during the annual winter convocation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Long-time Gainesville political leader and teacher Myrtle Figueras challenged Brenau University students Tuesday not to so much press for change in society as to “be the change you want to see.”

Figueras, a long-time member of the Gainesville City Council and the former mayor of the northeast Georgia city, was the keynote speaker at the university’s annual convocation honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Life is really like a song – a song of joy, a song of peace, a song of love, a song of tranquility, a song of hope, and, like Dr. King, a song of justice, a song of equality for all human beings” she said. Then she asked the students: “Have you started to write your song yet?”

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