WWU Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.

David Johnson speaks for annual memorial service

By: Becky St. Clair

Johnson has been singing since he was four.

Walla Walla University welcomed David Johnson as the featured speaker for this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Service.  The service took place Monday, January 19, at 11 a.m. in the University Church.  This event was free and open to the public.

Johnson is a professional musician who holds a passion for the story of Martin Luther King, Jr.  With the help and support of his aunt and mother, Johnson started to memorize King’s most famous speeches.

A regular performer of both music and recitation, Johnson has shared the stage with Rosa Parks, Johnnie Cochran, Take 6, Brian McKnight, Julian Bond, and various other renowned individuals.  In January 2008, Johnson opened for Maya Angelou at Virginia Tech University.

Johnson has been performing professionally for more than twenty years, having won numerous awards in music throughout the St. Louis, Missouri, area throughout his teenage years.

An alumnus of Oakwood College, now Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama, Johnson established a nonprofit organization called “5 Talents More, Inc.”  It is a mentorship organization that helps troubled youth reach to realize their talents and abilities and to make better life choices.

Johnson currently resides in Corona, Calif. And has two sons, ages 16 and 18.

The Walla Walla University MLK, Jr., Memorial Service is an annual tradition that gives the university and its community a chance to celebrate the life and work of such an amazing man as Martin Luther King, Jr.

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