The power of hope


Before heading to Washington to deliver the benediction at tomorrow's presidential inauguration of former Law School lecturer Barack Obama, civil-rights activist Rev. Joseph Lowery ushered in the University of Chicago's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. At Thursday's MLK Commemoration Service at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Lowery said King “gave hope to the hopeless, power to the powerless."

A team from the News Office recorded the complete presentation for anyone unable to attend; see the video embedded below.

The University’s student gospel choir, Soul Umoja, opened the MLK commemoration service with a medley of spirituals, including “Over My Head,” sung during the procession into the chapel; the Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights activist who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was the keynote speaker.

Photos and video courtesy of the University of Chicago News Office.

January 19, 2009