In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of thousands on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed to give a speech that would ‘go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”
This week Missouri Western and the students at the Center for Multicultural Education celebrate the man with a dream for equality and non-violence with a week full of events.
The week began with MLK Pledge Day where CME Program Assistant Dianah Hidzir says students can come and get involved by pledging to respect all people and promote non-violent behavior.
“We’re having people come in and sign a pledge and participate in our video which we will record in order to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s life,” Hidzir said.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the CME will host the annual MLK Drum Major for Justice awards banquet in Spratt 214 at 6 p.m.
Students and community members were able to nominate individuals to be considered for an award that will go to one staff member, one community member and a student who has promoted diversity and gone above and beyond to help make the world a better place.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, students can catch the film ‘Selma’ in Blum 218 at 6 p.m. The film covers the march MLK and his followers did from Selma to Montgomery that resulted in the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
These events are hosted to promote the works Martin Luther King Jr. has done for the country but also teach students about diversity and respect on campus.
“We really do think that it’s important for people to just appreciate what MLK has done for us, and just to kick off the semester with a good vibe,” Hidzir said. “Just to show people that they actually care about what the people in the past have done for our country.”
Community members are also encouraged to get involved in the events. Hidzir explains that letting as many people know about the issues MLK talked about and promoted is important for this generation.
“We are the future generation, so to lead people we have to know the people, and by having this event that just leads to it,” Hidzir said.
To get involved or learn more about the events the CME puts on, visit their page on the Missouri Western website.