On Friday, January 17, former State Rep. Edwin Narain, Saint Leo alumnus and a member of the Saint Leo University Board of Trustees, kicked off the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week observances as guest speaker at a special university luncheon in the Student Community Center boardrooms.
Following the luncheon, Mr. Narain also offered uplifting remarks during a ceremony held at the A Spirit of Belonging sculpture. The sculpture commemorates the acceptance of Saint Leo’s first black student, Rudolph Antorcha, who arrived from Cuba in 1898. Antorcha was accepted as a student at a time when it was illegal for black students to attend school with white students. Students, faculty and staff attended the ceremony, which featured the release of white doves of peace during a brief reading from King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
The transcript of Edwin Narain’s keynote speech and Bio are available below:
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