Ferguson Reverend Delivers MLK Day Sermon at Rollins Chapel

Rollins Chapel

Rollins Chapel

At 3 P.M. on Sunday, January 18, Rollins Chapel hosted its annual MLK Community Multi-Faith Celebration in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, the chapel had Rev. Starsky Wilson, Co-Chair of the Ferguson Commission, deliver a special sermon entitled, “Selma to Ferguson: Why We Can’t Wait.” Appointed by Missouri Governor Jeremiah Nixon, Rev. Wilson leads the Fergusson Commission in making policy recommendations for the Ferguson region, in light of the death of Michael Brown, Jr.

During his sermon at Rollins Chapel, Rev. Wilson related the deaths of Michael Brown, Jr. and Eric Garner to the police brutality that occurred during the days of Selma and the Civil Rights Movement, claiming that these events were part of a continuing cycle of abuse. He also spoke on the necessity of maintaining faith in the face of tragedies and using this faith to further social progress. Rev. Wilson concluded his sermon with a call-to-action, asking that Dartmouth students act to keep the issues of police brutality and race relations at the forefront of social discourse.