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Indiana University Events Recognize MLK’s Legacy

Saturday was the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, south central Indiana celebrated his life with a series of community events.

Sustaining the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the theme around Monroe County today. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday.

Monroe County had several events spanning from community service projects consisting of making blankets and diaper cakes for single mothers, arts and crafts for children to learn more about Dr. King, and a leadership breakfast to recognize individuals such as Indiana University’s student body president, Michael Coleman Jr.’s hard work on campus as an undergraduate student.

“It’s something we need to cherish,” Coleman said. “Also going into the future and remember what he lived for and relate it to our lives today.”

IU Vice President for Multi-Cultural Affairs Edwin Marshall gave the closing remarks during the leadership program. In his remarks, he emphasized the importance of continuing Dr. King’s legacy with youth. Marshall said that everyone’s contribution to society is needed to move past the turmoil of hate and discrimination.

“Dr. King meant so much to this country,” he said. “In terms of giving it a beacon of hope about the community, about unity, about coming together for the common good. Everyone is in this together, we have to sustain the legacy of those words. We still have to continue to carry forth that torch.”

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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