GGC Black Student Association Hosts Black Liberty Bell Celebration

Monday, February 29, 2016

The college community celebrated black heritage in America with a Black Liberty Bell Celebration, hosted by the GCC Black Student Association. The event was a celebration of diversity, achievement, and new beginnings. The Liberty Bell has a significant place in our history as Americans. Tradition says that the chime that rang out on July 8, 1776 and summoned the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Abolitionists, in their efforts to end slavery, adopted the Liberty Bell as their symbol. A replica of the bell rang out eight times as a representation of life and new opportunities.

The event, held on February 29, 2016 included a keynote address by President Kendrick. A replica of the bell rang out Dr. Kendrick spoke about the choices that define us.

“Never be afraid to shoot for the stars. There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion. Never allow your background to deter your chances of succeeding in life…… Just remember to always be yourself, and express yourself. Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less, to have less, to read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life. They are the choices that once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation. The second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can.”

The promise of America – which has made our nation the greatest in the history of the world – has been that citizens have the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams and determine their own future.  The history of African Americans and their inspirational story is a reminder of just how precious that promise of equal opportunity and freedom is to an America that leads the world in ideals, innovation and prosperity – an America that can always look to a brighter future.

This story was written by GCC Student, Omar Abdulak,  intern in the Office of Public Affairs.