Jasmine Guy Visits Indy
Every so often you will have a television show that will change the way people think, live, and how they view life. One show in particular was A Different World, which made its debut 27 years ago. A Different World would address issues that raised awareness about racism, HIV, and life at a historically Black College. One character that made her mark on the show with her signature southern accent was Whitley Gilbert who was played by Jasmine Guy. Ms. Guy was on hand as the keynote speaker at the 2014 IUPUI dinner celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Indianapolis on January 19th at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. The annual dinner has been held for the last 45 years and has featured speakers such as Bobby Seale, Maya Angelou, and Ben Carson. Ms. Guy was introduced by Gerri Black, who was one of the coordinators for the event. Black, who is a first-generation college student, was very moved by Ms. Guy’s speech. “I was inspired by Jasmine Guy growing up. She is a person that has always had the ability to touch people. Her life has been a true blessing to me,” stated Black.And touching the audience with her speech that night is exactly what Jasmine Guy did. IUPUI students, faculty, and the community had the chance to hear Ms. Guy’s experience growing up across the street from the King family. Her father, who is also a preacher, attended and taught at Morehouse College, which is the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King. Ms. Guy spoke a message of how Dr. Martin Luther King was just a human being like all of us. “We all have the ability to make a difference like Dr. King. He was human just like us. We don’t have to do something that will change the world. We can do something will change our homes and community,” said Ms. Guy. The very next day on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, over 500 IUPUI students volunteered at 20 different agencies around the city. The vision of Dr. Martin Luther King and the message of Jasmine Guy inspired those very students to keep his dream alive by serving. To learn more about Jasmine Guy, please visit http://www.iamjasmineguy.com.