United We Stand:Salem College Basketball March for MLK Day
January 23, 2014
Winston-Salem, NC-The Salem College
basketball team took time out from
practice to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recently as they joined the Black Americans Demonstrating Unity (BADU) student group and the Salem College community on a symbolic walk from Salem's Main Hall to the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. The 34th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration is about a 20-minute walk to commemorate the man who fought ceaselessly against the segregation of African-Americans and promoted peace and preservation of life in the process. This effort was coordinated by Salem’s professor Krishauna Hines-Gaither. "We wanted to participate in the MLK Day of Service, because promoting stewardship is at the heart of what we do as a basketball program," said Salem’s head basketball coach, Anita Howard. "As we develop our student-athletes into servant leaders, we are always looking for opportunities to serve. This was a wonderful way to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King and to recognize the work we have left to do." The celebration began at 12 noon and featured a keynote by Congressman G. K. Butterfield from North Carolina's 1st District, who is also a former North Carolina Supreme Court Judge.
"Salem College has made servant leadership and community involvement a core value. This has been such a blessing, because it helps reinforce my desire for my student-athletes," remarked Howard. "My hope and prayer is that they would develop a selfless and humble heart as women and use those opportunities to be a blessing to others.” The Spirits are on a 13 game winning streak as they get set to host GSAC opponent Wesleyan College Saturday, January 25th at 2pm.