Snow College students from all walks of life came together Thursday to celebrate diversity and commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
More than 100 students, faculty and staff marched the streets lining campus to bring awareness to Dr. King’s contributions to society.
Sophomore Kave Lauti, Snow’s vice president of diversity, and Fernando Montano, director
of the Snow College Diversity Center, organized the march.
Lauti said that they chose a march because it is a peaceful activity that was often encouraged by Dr. King who was an important part of the civil rights movement.
“We felt this was a way to do something that the whole campus could get involved with,” Lauti said.
The major reason for the march was to raise awareness. The march ended at the Greenwood Student Center where James Burton, director of jazz studies at Snow College, gave a short speech commemorating Dr. King and others in American history. He talked about what it means to be black in America, how all cultures have struggles and the idea that change has to start on an individual level. He ended with a quotation from Dr. King.
Burton said he was flattered, but nervous when he was asked to speak, saying that he would much rather perform and play an instrument than have to give a public speech.
After Burton’s speech there was live music, dancing, and hot chocolate and cookies. People walking through the GSC and those working on the second floor stopped to listen to the musicians play.
The New Orleans Jazz Combo provided the music. According to Burton, the music selections were set up after the fashion of a New Orleans funeral – beginning with a dirge to symbolize the loss of a leader, and then playing more upbeat music.
Lauti said that he owes a lot of the credit for the march’s success goes to Montano and the student life center for their help, and to the Snow College campus police for allowing them to walk in the streets.
Dr. King is someone that Snow College President Scott Wyatt really admires. He said he was thrilled with the march and hopes that it grows in the future.
“This kind of event is really important to the campus,” he said. “It is great to see our students recognizing the accomplishments of someone who gave this country so much.”
The Multicultural center is preparing for Black History Month in February. To get the word out about the march, flyers and Black History Month pins were handed out around campus.
If students wear the pins on campus through the month of February to show their support, then they will have a chance to be randomly picked to win prizes from the multicultural center.