Soaring voices and soaring words char­ac­ter­ized the Martin Luther King, Jr. Con­vo­ca­tion last Wednesday in Blackman Auditorium.Starting with a selec­tion per­formed by the Unity Gospel Ensemble and closing with the audi­ence joining together in the African-​​American anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the pro­gram paid tribute to Dr. King’s legacy by recalling his mes­sage of com­mu­nity and inclu­sion, action and sac­ri­fice, and jus­tice and love, and urging a renewal of his life’s work.

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The keynote speaker, Dr. Winslow Sargeant, ’86, noted that Dr. King’s dream was about “the unprece­dented future. He dreamed about a world where every Amer­ican would have unlim­ited freedom and opportunity.”

Sargeant, a suc­cessful entre­pre­neur, engi­neer, and ven­ture cap­ital leader, and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s nom­inee for the posi­tion of chief counsel for advo­cacy in the Small Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, counts him­self as a ben­e­fi­ciary of King’s vision.

It was Dr, King’s dream that helped create a country where I could ask a dif­ferent ques­tion. And that ques­tion was, ‘What should I do, now that I’m aware that every­thing is pos­sible for me?’ ”

In closing, he urged his lis­teners, which included scores of stu­dents from Boston high schools, to believe in achieving what may seem impos­sible. “Let’s work together to do the unprece­dented to trans­figure both our­selves and our communities.”