Andrews Speaks 003: MLKing Vigil

   Podcast: Andrews Speaks | Posted on April 25, 2018

Welcome to the third episode of the Andrews Speaks podcast. This episode is a recording of an event held at Andrews University commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Michael Nixon, vice president for Diversity & Inclusion, coordinated the vigil as the opening event for the 2018 Social Consciousness Summit.

Speakers include Andrea Luxton, Andrews University president, Congressman Fred Upton, and Dwight K. Nelson, Pioneer Memorial Church lead pastor. Also, Troy Patterson Thomas powerfully performs portions of five of King’s speeches.

Because of copyright issues, we regretfully had to delete three portions of the event recording—a video clip of John Legend, a YouTube video of Robert F. Kennedy announcing King’s murder, and a live performance of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” by Tacyana Nixon and Christopher Whitaker.

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The MLK Commemorative Vigil
50 Years Later… Are We Living the Dream?

What is Your Life’s Blueprint?*

Reflection #1 and Opening Prayer—Pastor Dwight Nelson, lead pastor, Pioneer Memorial Church

Letter From a Birmingham Jail*

Reflection #2—Andrea Luxton, president, Andrews University

Reflection #3—Congressman Fred Upton, U.S. Representative (MI-06)

I Have a Dream*

Reflection #4—Nicholas Miller, director of Religious Liberty and Public Affairs, Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Reflection #5—Carmelo Mercado, general vice president, Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

How Long, Not Long*

Reflection #6—Michael Nixon, vice president for Diversity & Inclusion, Andrews University

Reflection #7—Taurus Montgomery, senior pastor, Harbor of Hope SDA Church.

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop*

"Take My Hand, Precious Lord"—Tacyana Nixon (vocalist) & Christopher Whitaker (pianist)

Closing Remarks and Prayer—Jeff Boyd, executive director, Adventist Peace Fellowship and research support specialist for the Andrews University Office of Research & Creative Scholarship

*These speeches performed by Troy Patterson Thomas


Thank you, listeners, for joining us for this episode. We hope you enjoyed the event recording, and we invite you to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

Our theme music is “Onward” by Podington Bear, and it was accessed at the Free Music Archive.

Until our next story, let’s go Seek Knowledge, Affirm Faith and Change the World.


Event Coordinator: Michael Nixon, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Theme Music: “Onward” by Podington Bear (Free Music Archive)
Sound Engineer & Producer: Jeff Boyd, Office of Research & Creative Scholarship
Executive Producer: Gillian Sanner, Integrated Marketing & Communication
Copyright: ©2018 Andrews University

Sponsors: Office of Diversity & Inclusion

   Jeff Boyd