As the MLK honored speaker, Manny Garcia came to talk to Campbell students about different aspects of news and journalism, and about different issues going on in the world today.
Garcia pushed the belief the increase in available technology has led society to more easily be able to cover and shed light on many of the problems and atrocities going on today. He encourages the use of the technology such as social networking sites, cameras on cell phones, etc.
He said he feels anyone has the power to be a journalist, has the ability to share the truth when an event takes place. He strongly encourages young people to use their voice to make a difference, emphasizing students focus on “impact” and “legacy”.
Garcia talked about different stories involving journalism, many pertaining to an event such as hate crimes or stereotyping towards different races.
Garcia illuminated how prejudices are still prevalent today. From the declaration, Garcia shared recent story about an African American man, who was attacked and burned alive in a small town in Mississippi. A small town journalist wrote about the story, which triggered the FBI to become involved in an investigation.
He shared stories like this to show the importance of paying attention to what’s going on in the world, and why you should observe and stand up when things do not appear to be right.
Dylan Mcsteen, a sophomore trust and wealth management major felt he benefited from the speech.
“Manny Garcia really opened my eyes into the world of photojournalism,” Mcsteen said. “His exciting personality and interesting stories really sparked my Interest. It was very interesting how Mr. Garcia explained that by doing this line of work , he is serving God. It was a pleasure to hear Manny Garcia’s stories and listen to him speak.”
Like Martin Luther King Jr., Manny Garcia is a man, who is a Christian and has had many downfalls and setbacks. Yet he still believes in helping those who are in need of it. He never let his downfalls stop him from helping others. He believes that everyone has the potential to help someone, through various means.
At the end of his speech, Garcia shared a scripture from the Bible, Luke 12:3.
“What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”
He sees this as the heart of journalism and what he lives by in his line of work.
Campbell’s Multicultural Council and Phi Kappa Phi co-sponsored this event. MLK service continues through Friday.
By Collins Lopez