Members of the Visions Gospel Choir perform before a capacity crowd during the university’s 23rd annual celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in Graham Chapel on the Danforth Campus.
The theme of this year’s event was “Living the Legacy: Forging Our Path Through Leadership and Service.” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton began the program with opening remarks. Bob Hansman, associate professor of architecture, presented the faculty speech, “A Decision to Care,” while seniors Tiffany Johnson and Senior Class President Fernando Cutz presented the student testimonials, “Authentic Transcendence” and “The Legacy of Love,” respectively.
The program included musical and spoken word performances from WUSTL student groups Black Anthology, Visions Gospel Choir and WU-Slam as well as from the University High School Jazz Band. Hansman, his son Jovan, and their organization City Faces, were presented with the annual Rosa L. Parks Award for Meritorius Service to the Community.
City Faces is a nationally recognized art and mentoring program for inner-city youth begun by Hansman 16 years ago.