Editor’s Note: Mayor Anthony Williams will be guest speaker for the Jan. 23 meeting of the Abilene Association of Congregations. The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 11:45 a.m. at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange St. Lunch is by donation.


Martin Luther King Jr. was admired as a great orator, and many of his speeches are well known. But McMurry University students who attended chapel Jan. 15 heard one that most likely was new to them. 

It was delivered via YouTube and played on large screens at the front of the Mabee Room in the university’s campus center. Titled “Keep Moving,” the speech was delivered by King to an assembly of junior high school students in Philadelphia six months before he was assassinated. But it proved to be just as appropriate for college students.

Click on link to see MLK video

In the video, King urged the young students to develop a blueprint for their lives. Likewise, the chapel speaker, Anthony Williams, encouraged the McMurry students to ask themselves what their blueprint is.

“Even more important,” Williams said, “who’s your architect?”





Mayor Anthony Williams addresses McMurry University students during chapel Jan. 15. Chaplain Marty CashBurless prepares for Holy Communion in photo at top right. In the photo at top left, Justin Miller provides music. Bottom right photo by Matthew Tate. Other photos by Loretta Fulton

Williams, a 1993 graduate of McMurry, is Abilene’s first African American mayor. Classes started at McMurry on Monday, Jan. 14, and the Tuesday chapel was the first of the spring semester.

In the video, King laid out a blueprint for life, with three essentials:

  1. Have a deep belief in your own dignity, your “somebodyness”
  2. Have a will to achieve and a determination to achieve excellence
  3. Develop a commitment to the eternal principles of beauty, love, and justice

In his chapel talk Jan. 15, Williams focused on King’s concept of a blueprint for life.

“God provides each one of us with a specific life purpose,” Williams said.

Working to enhance God’s kingdom adds a sense of fulfillment to whatever career path is chosen.

“It is important that you make a contribution” to building the kingdom, Williams said.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born Michael King but his father changed his own name and that of his son in honor of the leader of the Reformation, Martin Luther. MLK Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta and was assasinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis.

Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Legislation signed in 1983 marked King’s birthday as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. The day is observed each year on the third Monday of January. 


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