Bernice King speaks at Maryville University

Daniel Pomerantz, Staff Writer

Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. , provided signs of hope when she spoke at Maryville University on Thursday, Jan. 26th.

In a post-election society, many Americans are in fear of the Trump Administration, and feel somewhat helpless. However, King was able to use her personal and family views, to sway the audience that since our country has yet to fall apart, rather, that we need to take action.

She used this theme of responsibility to make the audience think about what we can do to make an impact on our country and ourselves. Towards the beginning of the speech, she had each audience member find someone they did not previously know, and ask the person “What would you do to change the world?”

This small question got the entire room of people to start thinking on a personal level. These discussions got the awkwardness out of the way, and also immediately proposed the question of “where do we go from here.”

Bernice also spoke about the negative effects of technology.

“Technology fails us at human connections.” King said. “We need personal connections. Stop ‘unfriending people who think different than you. We are becoming the exact people that we hate so much.”

With regard to Donald Trump, King had a simple approach to how we should deal with this new situation.

“Donald Trumps come and go,” King said. “However, this means we still have a responsibility as ‘we the people.’”