President Obama delivers the 2012 commencement address
May 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM ET
” Langston Hughes, the poet and civil rights activist who knew some tough times, was born here in Joplin. In a poem called “Youth,” he wrote,
We have tomorrow
Bright before us
Like a flame.
A night-gone thing,
A sun-down name.
And dawn-today. Broad arch above the road we came.
To the people of Joplin, and the class of 2012:
The road has been hard. The day has been long. But we have tomorrow, and so we march. We march, together, and you are leading the way. Congratulations. May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.”
Joplin High School 2012 Commencement
Joplin Day of Unity
May 22, 2012 – 3:00 PM ET
“The Day of Unity is simply that – a day to come together as we are – and recognize the historic year that we’ve been through together,” said Rohr. “As the event committee has said before, we’re not inviting anyone – we’re inviting EVERYONE to be a part of these events.”
On Tuesday, May 22, residents and officials from Duquesne will walk west toward Joplin, starting the Walk of Unity at 2 p.m. CDT from the round-about at 20th Street and Duquesne Road. They will then join a larger group waiting at Wal-Mart,17th and Range Line, to begin their walk at 2:30 p.m. . CDT Walkers will head west and wind through the path of the tornado until reaching the final destination set at Cunningham Park.
The Day of Unity Program begins at approximately 5:15 p.m. . CDT in Cunningham Park. There will be a moment of silence at 5:41 p.m. CDT for one minute to honor those who died due to the May 22, 2011 tornado. The program consists of remembrance activities of music, prayer, and reflections.
For those who may not be able to participate, Zimmer Radio’s News Talk KZRG will broadcast live updates from the Walk of Unity & the concluding program at Cunningham Park. It will be aired live just as it was one year ago on KZRG. Listeners can turn their radios to FM 102.9 or AM 1310 News Talk KZRG, log on to http://www.NewsTalkKZRG.com or download the free KZRG app for their Apple or Droid devices to join Joplin in this Day of Unity.
For more information about this event or other activities recognizing the one-year anniversary, go to http://www.joplintornadoanniversary.com.
Joplin’s Inspirational Words: “Remember. Rejoice. Rebuild.“