WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — This year's 7th annual Diversity Awareness Week at Purdue honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The program, hosted by Purdue University’s Diversity Action Team in Agriculture, runs Jan. 16 through Jan. 19 and focuses on the lasting influence of King's work half-a-century after his assassination on April 4, 1968.
“We’re exploring the many ways his influence continues to have an impact around the world," said Myron McClure, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Programs for the Purdue College of Agriculture. “For instance, many people don’t realize his Food Stamp Act of 1964 which had a huge impact in the lives of many impoverished people throughout the country. Having the right to vote doesn’t mean much unless we have programs designed to feed people who are going hungry.”
“It’s important to tell his story, but it’s also important to show that his legacy is continuing,” McClure added.
Activities during the week include documentaries, race workshops, panel discussions and even contests. According to McClure, the goal of these activities is to provide an arena for people that encourages the discussion of race, civil rights and global issue topics.
“It’s important for people to understand that what King did through the civil rights movement wasn’t just about race. It was intended to serve everyone,” said McClure. “And everything we are fighting for today is not just a black and white thing. It’s to help people who are hungry and who are suffering from injustices. The influences of King and what he tried to accomplish in his lifetime are continuing today.”
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