Provocative Discussion for MLK Day Celebration

Limestone College will host a provocative discussion about personal responsibility during the Cherokee County Martin Luther King, Jr. Seventh Annual Lecture on Monday, January 18 at 11 a.m. in Fullerton Auditorium.

Best-selling authors Toschia Moffet Santiago and Frederick Williams will lead the discussion entitled "The 'Bling Bling' was Not a Part of Dr. King's Dream." The discussion is free and open to the public.

The discussion will be followed by a ticket-only luncheon in the Stephenson Banquet Room at noon.  Tickets are $12 and are available through the Limestone College Chaplain's Office by calling (864) 488-8274 or the Bethel Senior Center at (864) 489-7552.

Santiago is founder of the Divine Literary Tour. She is also an attorney and entrepreneur who co-owns several businesses. She is the marketing director for the Sister II Sister Sorority luncheon hosted by the producers of the "Steve Harvey Morning Show"; a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and the Hispanic Bar Association; and serves as youth advisor for the NAACP.

Williams is a professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio and also teaches at other colleges in that area. He coaches aspiring writers to help fulfill their dreams. He worked on Capitol Hill and was a key figure in the initial drafting and legislation providing for the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, a board member of the Divine Literary Tour and the founder of Black Men United for Reading, an organization to promote literacy for young boys. He is also the founder of the San Antonio Readers and Writers Association.

"Professor Williams and I are excited about our visit to Limestone, and we plan to center our discussion upon personal responsibility and the importance of building strong families," said Santiago from her Austin, Texas office. "We use the phrase 'bling bling' to include complete self-interest along with materialism. In too many American cities, there seems to be a complete disregard for the lives of others."

In discussing Dr. King specifically, Santiago says that she sees a similarity in the way many view the civil rights hero of yesteryear with President Barack Obama today. "I fear that far too many people have made unwilling demagogues out of Dr. King and President Obama. Both were and are true agents of change but too many of us are reluctant to take that same step; we're very comfortable waiting for the next Dr. King to come along or simply relying upon others to make a difference."