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Bloomington Celebrates MLK Day, Some Say Racism Still Exists

Events around Bloomington and in the surrounding towns were planned in remembrance of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.

Though community leaders and Indiana University students and staff are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, some feel racism still exists.

Monday morning began with a breakfast to honor the slain civil rights leader on the IU campus. Some leaders said that while barriers have been broken, some instances of racism may be more evident today.

“We’re here now to both honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. his memory, his legacy, but also to rededicate ourselves to his teachings to move forward with his ideologies,” says Edwin Marshall, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs at IU. “The struggle continues. We have much more work to do.”

The Unity Summit, a student driven interactive discussion, also focused on this years’ theme–Living King’s Legacy: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century.

“Dr. King gave his life to make this country more true to its promise of our constitution that all men and women are created equal,” Director of the IU Office of Diversity Education Eric Love says.

Other events in the city included children’s programs, including arts and crafts, service projects and promoting peace.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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