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Wake Forest University School of Law Dean speaks at joint MLK celebration

Wake Forest University School of Law Dean Blake Morant participated in Monday’s ninth annual Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University joint Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration called “On Common Ground: One Dream Can Change the World.”

For the past nine years, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State have co-sponsored and alternated hosting a keynote event to commemorate King’s life. This year’s event featured a keynote address at Winston-Salem State’s Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium by actress and political activist Ruby Dee.

Dean Morant delivered the “Purpose” at the evening event. In addition to welcoming Dee, Morant focused on the combined synergies of the two universities. “The collaboration epitomizes Dr. King’s goal of human unity and demonstrates his prophetic words from his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech that ‘our freedoms and dignity are inextricably linked,’” he said. “The joint celebration also serves as a corollary to the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, whose theme of ‘Yes, We Can,’ when interpreted with Dr. King’s goal of dignity and justice for all, can be augmented with the phrase, ‘Yes, We Will.’”