WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Fifty years ago, many United States citizens rallied for civil rights for African Americans. This movement was called the 'March on Washington,' where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his 'I Have a Dream Speech.'
Purdue students celebrated the historical anniversary at the Black Cultural Center. They watched a documentary called 'Eyes on the Prize.' Purdue Black Cultural Center Director, Renee Thomas, said the 14-hour film explains the Civil Rights Movement and March on Washington.
"It highlights some very historical moments in US history. It talks about racism. It particularly relates to the KKK (Ku Klux Klan)," said Thomas.
The documentary takes you on a journey to Washington D.C. and shows Doctor King's 'I Have a Dream' speech. Thomas said the documentary ran all day for students to come between classes.
"We wanted to provide some context for students in terms of the historical relevance of not only the March, but the entire Civil Rights Movement," said Thomas.
Purdue student, Scott Upshaw, said 'Eyes on the Prize' is beneficial for all students. He said many people know Dr. King's speech was a monumental step in history for America, but some might not know the elements of his speech.
"It's minorities against majorities. It's Asians against Africans. It's anything. It's being able to accept people for who they are and that is what the speech basically meant. He wanted everyone to come together as a community and unite as one," said Upshaw.
Thomas said she hopes the film inspired the people who stopped by to watch.
"We recognize it's an unfinished agenda. And we want to empower students to take action today," said Thomas.
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