Martin Luther King Jr. Day has special meaning in our country. At Cedarville University, this year’s celebration will have extra significance as Rev. James D. Parker Sr., the first African-American student to apply — then enroll — at Cedarville, will speak in chapel.
Parker first put his feet on Cedarville’s campus in 1954. He departed his Portsmouth, Ohio, hometown for Cedarville University because he wanted to attend a college that allowed him to study the Bible. He didn’t understand at the time that he was making history.
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