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Judge Ganaway-Pasley says that words hold power

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Judge Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley

The Honorable Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley, a Charleston County magistrate judge, recounted the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech for Charleston Southern University students Jan. 15. She said there is power in words, and we should pay attention to the words we speak.

She quoted Psalm 19:14, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Ganaway-Pasley said wisdom is found in Jesus. “When we speak wisdom it is He who is speaking through us,” she said.

King gave the “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington, of which he was one of the organizers. “Before he spoke, King’s father gave him a pep talk and told him to ‘make it plain and make it real,’” she said.

Ganaway-Pasley reminded students one person can make a difference when he or she stands up for justice. “Where we do not carry signs much anymore, we can carry out King’s teaching by standing up for our rights and trying to respect other’s opinions and beliefs no matter if we disagree,” she said.

Ganaway-Pasley graduated with a psychology degree from Charleston Southern in 2006 and is a civil mediator with Pasley & Associates. She is also a member of the university’s Board of Visitors. She is currently working on a PhD from Walden University. 



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