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UMary Celebrates Martin Luther King Day

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On this Martin Luther King Junior Day, government workers and most students have the day off. But, students and faculty at the University of Mary were on campus today to discuss diversity, ignorance and racial myths.

The auditorium was filled with faculty, students and staff looking to learn more. They were all willing to share ideas and get out of their comfort zone in order to learn more about the purpose of the holiday. 

The head of educational programming decided that hosting this panel would challenge the campus to examine the significance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.
 
"To have something like this, to have diverse, a diverse panel of black students that are articulate and talk, are well educated, kinda breaks that barrier or breaks that stereotype of we're just one way," says the head of educational programming, Trevor Davis. "Ultimately, I hope we convey the message of every body's part are one race, which is the human race."

The discussion challenged listeners to think through the idea that an African American man was talking fighting for equality not just for other African Americans but for people as a whole.

"The first impression I had was way different than what I thought. Because coming from Afghanistan and I know if I say I'm, Afghanistan in here, for political and for the race and religious issues that are going on in the world. I thought I wouldn't be accepted," says business major, Moneer Nuiazi.

But, it was just the opposite, Nuiazi says he was welcomed with open arms. She says she's proud UMary supports diversity and acceptance.

Panel members shook up the room by challenging students to move around and sit by new people.  

Some audience members were worried this talk wouldn't turn into action.

"Actually I'm about to go and make some posters. So, at about 6 p.m. everybody's going to switch seats. So, you know-it's about to go down. But I'm challenging that opinion. But all it takes is one person. And Martin Luther King was a prime example which is why we are even celebrating his day," says pre-med student, Mary Norman.

Martin Luther King Junior once said, "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run then walk. if you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

The University of Mary is going to continue to celebrate the efforts of Dr. King with a musical celebration on Thursday.

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