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Diversity Council Presents on MLK Jr.

January 22, 2014

Mount Union’s Diversity Council gave a presentation on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact that he and other key figures had on the civil rights movement on Tuesday.

Members of the Diversity Council represented many of the organizations on Mount Union’s campus. Junior French major Rachel Bateman of Louisville, OH, (Association of International Students); junior English major Donnell Carter of Cleveland, OH, (Gay Straight Alliance); junior criminal justice major Victoria Blankenship of North Canton, OH, (HOLA); junior human resources and management double major Stephen Yanovich of Newton Falls, OH, (STAND); senior exercise science major Chelsey Bruce of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, (Spiritual Life Leadership); senior biochemistry major Morgan Shivers of Salem, OH, (Association of Women Students) and senior psychology major Diony Jasmin of Alliance, OH, (Black Student Union) spoke to students and faculty about how far we have come as a nation since the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

The Civil Rights Movement, along with many others, has eliminated a substantial amount of discrimination in the United States. As Diony Jasmin of the Black Student Union put it, we have to approach the world with a realistic perspective.

“We have to combine the optimistic and pessimistic views and acknowledge that we have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go,” Jasmin said.

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