Featuring Martin Luther King III – Sept. 11 and 12, 2017
Watch the 2017 Convocation with speaker Martin Luther King III
“Embracing the Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Equality”
“Freedom, justice and equality were the core principles of my father’s leadership. My parents held these ideals in high esteem. My father made us understand these ideals were worth living for and dying for.
These ideals were the litmus test of situations. … Mom would ask, ‘How does this serve the cause?’ And the cause was always freedom, justice and equality.
That question is still worth asking today. If you hold fast to these ideals in your life, you’re going to be okay.” Martin Luther King III
Missouri Western inaugurated the Convocation program in 1993. Below is an excerpt from a talk at the inaugural Convocation by R. Dan Boulware, former Regent president, for whom the Convocation is named:
“Today we start what we hope will become a tradition at Missouri Western State College. When students graduate from our college, if they have not been enlightened as to issues affecting our society and challenged to apply their skills and talents for the benefit of others, then somehow we will have missed the point of why they are here. If as faculty, administrators and educators, we do not strive to enhance our understanding of critical issues, we cannot properly educate our students and otherwise prepare and stimulate them to contribute to society. As citizens, if we do not deliberate upon the critical issues affecting our time, we cannot expect to understand them well enough to solve them.
These Convocations are intended to bring in learned and prominent national speakers to focus upon the critical issues of our time, stimulate thought and foster debate, to cause us to open our minds and consider for the moment, that which we may not have pondered and expand the horizons of our thought and knowledge. And in so doing, may we challenge one another to lift the educational process at this college to yet greater heights. Hopefully, these Convocations will become a focal point of our academic year for years to come and serve as a source of enlightenment to our entire community.”