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Bellamy Speaks at MLK Luncheon

News Terry Bellamy Speaks At Mars Hill Mlk LunchDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made great strides for equality and justice because he believed in the ideals espoused in the founding documents of the United States, and he believed in the Holy Bible, according to former mayor of Asheville Terry Bellamy.

Bellamy was the speaker for Mars Hill University’s first Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon, held January 20, 2014, on the campus. She shared her thoughts on the accomplishments and motivations of Dr. King before a group of about 50 faculty, staff, students and community people.

“Dr. King was motivated by faith in the American dream and by faith in the God of love and peace,” Bellamy said.

Bellamy cited scriptural admonitions against favoritism in Galatians 2 and 3, saying King believed in these concepts. He also believed that the protections afforded in the Bill of Rights should apply to all Americans, regardless of race, Bellamy said. She used portions of King’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” as she discussed King’s distinction between just and unjust laws, and his insistence that unjust laws could be resisted without violence.

Bellamy also cited her experience as a political figure with constituents who were unwilling to personally be involved with issues of importance, yet enjoyed giving advice on things she “should have” done to carry the banner of justice. In reality, she said, the work of a just world belongs to everyone.

“What are you doing about equality?” Are you a ‘you shoulda’ or are you a changemaker?” she said.

The MLK luncheon was sponsored by the Mars Hill University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.