Brenau Winter Convocation Celebrates Life, Teachings of MLK

First-year Women’s College students assembled at Pearce Auditorium Jan. 19 to hear a keynote address from Dr. Lori S. White, vice-chancellor for students at Washington University in St. Louis and one of the nation’s top experts on diversity in higher education.

The annual convocation, whose theme this year was “The Power of One,” honors the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

White encouraged students to empower themselves through their day-to-day actions and civic engagements. “We need to use our power of one voice, our power of one vote and our power of one volunteer to live Dr. King’s dream,” she said.

Brenau Dean of Students Valerie Simmons-Walston said students need to hear from women like White, who have achieved tremendous professional success and risen to high administrative positions.

“We want them to look at her and think, ‘one day I can be a vice-chancellor, a trailblazer and pioneer in my chosen field of expertise,” she said.

The convocation, which Simmons-Walston described as one of the most soulful on campus, also included performances by the Tau Sigma Dance Fraternity and the Brenau University Gospel Choir.