Ashford calls for all people to love at MLK birthday celebration in Dallas

For Immediate Release
Jan. 30, 2001

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Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations

ImageWhen Abilene Christian University's Aaron Ashford spoke at the candlelight devotional in Dallas Jan. 12 commemorating Martin Luther King's birthday, his message was one of love.

Ashford, ACU's director of multicultural recruiting, told the 200-plus crowd whatever a person faces in life, he or she should respond with an attempt to love, not retaliation.

He emphasized that the only way to eradicate prejudice thoughts and other similar social ills is to recognize that all people are made in the image of God and children of God.

"Knowing that we are spiritual beings will allow us to see others the same," he said.

This celebration at Dallas' Martin Luther King Jr. Center was the 20th annual celebration in Dallas, but the first one for ACU to participate in. Along with Ashford speaking, university representatives also marched in the MLK parade in downtown Dallas the next day.

"This is a good thing for us to be involved in," Ashford said. "We know we're going to be a part of this every year from now on."

The commitment has been made for ACU to be involved in the Dallas MLK celebration next year, Jan. 11-12, 2002.


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