LAWTON, OK (TNN) - Cameron’s MLK committee along with Campus Ministry opened the MCC doorways tonight to allow nearly 300 guests into their ballroom, all eager to hear from CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers. Earlier this afternoon, he spoke at a panel, and praised Lawton and Cameron for their work in inclusivity.
“Lawton is being intentional about the way they value diversity. This institution is being intentional about the way they value diversity. I think when we have more symbols of hope like we have on this college and this university, then communities will continue to grow” said Bakari Sellers
Guests from all over the state were in attendance tonight, including Lawton Mayor Stan Booker. The MLK committee has been working on this event for months, and was so excited the evening had finally arrived.
“I think it’s very important because I think every now and then we need to pause to remember those individuals who struggled and sacrificed for equality, and I think that’s exactly what this is. Its a pause not only for Cameron but for the entire city” said Dr. Willie Smith
The entire evening was centered around celebrating Martin' Luther King’s accomplishments, but for Sellers it was an opportunity to question the guests on how they can be better people and how they can help bring their community together in honor of the way Dr. King lived his life. He talked a lot about how it is more than just Dr. King, but entire generations before us that worked to help civil rights progress to where we are now.
“I think if we are able to do those two things of Dreams with our eyes open and love our neighbors even when they don’t love us we’ll be able to build community and answer that next question of where do we go from here?" asked Sellers
For 35 years now, Cameron has honored Martin Luther King with this banquet, and this year they sold every available ticket, showing both Cameron and Lawton’s community wanted to be apart of this historic day.