U.S. Dist. Court Judge keynote speaker for Southeast Mo. State’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner

Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 5:30 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a celebration dinner.

This year’s theme was CommUnity. Justice. Equity. Love.

The United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas Brian S. Miller was the keynote speaker for the event.

He said his message focused on his personal story, diversity and acceptance.

“I want to take the crowd through my history here in eastern Arkansas, my family got off the plantation about 45 miles from where I live, and I live on the same block where my great granddaddy who was emancipated lived,” said Judge Brian Miller.

Judge Millers said more communities need to join together.

“I’m one of those people who believes that we can’t look for outside sources to solve our problems. We as human beings have to join together and help each other, and we have to love each other, and we have to do whatever we can to help our community succeed,” Miller said.

Judge Miller explained what he hoped students, faculty and community members will take back from his speech.

“What I would hope comes across is that we can’t look for anybody else to do what we personally should do and each one of us is called to love somebody were called to love each other. Each one of us is called to feed the hungry and to clothe the naked in the word of Martin Luther King and that’s what I’ll focus on,” said Judge Brian Miller.

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