Hundreds come to see Dr. Paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in a rainy march

The University of Utah Office of Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion conducted a march Monday to honor “Dr. Commemorating King’s legacy and the work of many activists throughout the civil rights movement.”

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jahmal Hasliip and his daughter Jayda, 9, right, take part in the march from East High School to Kingsbury Hall on Monday. To commemorate the legacy and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and many other activists who fought for racial equality during the civil rights movement, the University of Utah Office of Justice, Diversity and Inclusion kicked off MLK Week 2023 with a Rally at East High School, followed by a march to Kingsbury Hall, January 16, 2023.

About 200 people gathered at East High School in Salt Lake City on a rainy Monday afternoon to pay tribute to the late Dr. To pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., a reckoning force in the struggle for civil rights.

Rev. Oscar Moses of the Calvary Baptist Church & Interfaith Council made an invocation and addressed the crowd.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) George Zinn, left, and Everett Spencer walk in the march from East High School to Kingsbury Hall on Monday. To commemorate the legacy and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and many other activists who fought for racial equality during the civil rights movement, the University of Utah Office of Justice, Diversity and Inclusion kicked off MLK Week 2023 with a Rally at East High School, followed by a march to Kingsbury Hall, January 16, 2023.

“DR. King was the catalyst of the civil rights movement that helped pilot the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” Moses said United States of America held and still holds.”

It’s been 37 years since the first federally designated MLK Day was celebrated, but Utah didn’t institute the holiday until 2000.

Monday’s event was part of America’s MLK Week, “a platform to engage students, faculty, trainees, staff and community members in critical conversations about racial and contemporary civil rights issues in America.”

The East High School Jazz Band performed, followed by speeches from speakers including Pamela Bishop, the director of marketing and communications for the university’s Department of Justice, Diversity and Inclusion.

Old and young filled the hall. The co-founder of the TikTok group Black Menaces, Sebastian Stewart-Johnson, was one of the participants. The group is known for addressing racism on the Brigham Young University campus and for starting other important conversations on campus.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sam Turner and his daughter Shirley, 5, walk in the march from East High School to Kingsbury Hall on Monday. To commemorate the legacy and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and many other activists who fought for racial equality during the civil rights movement, the University of Utah Office of Justice, Diversity and Inclusion kicked off MLK Week 2023 with a Rally at East High School, followed by a march to Kingsbury Hall, January 16, 2023.

Young children and adults held signs provided by the U. with quotes from Dr. King. Many also brought individual signs, such as a little girl in a pink tulle skirt holding a sign with a hand-drawn illustration of Dr. King wore.

According to Mary Ann Villarreal, vice president of EDI, MLK week at U is planned by a volunteer committee of students, faculty and staff like Frances Battle, who spoke at the event. The theme of the week, she said, is choosing love over hate like Dr. King.

The event also included two performances by the Resistance Revival Chorus, a New York-based group of musicians exploring activism, and remarks from Mayor Jenny Wilson. University of Utah Associated Students President Taylor VanderToolen also spoke.

while Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson was absent from the event, Nubia Peña, a senior justice and opportunity counselor in Cox’s office, spoke about the need for continued efforts on racial justice.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Over 200 people took part in the march from East High School to Kingsbury Hall on Monday. To commemorate the legacy and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and many other activists who fought for racial equality during the civil rights movement, the University of Utah Office of Justice, Diversity and Inclusion kicked off MLK Week 2023 with a Rally at East High School, followed by a march to Kingsbury Hall, January 16, 2023.

Peña noted the importance of focusing on equity and diversity in the upcoming legislative session, citing the CROWN Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” Several states have passed versions of the law to outlaw discrimination based on hairstyles. A Utah version was sponsored by Sen. Derek Kitchen in the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions, but the bill never advanced in any year.

Then the group, led by University of Utah President Taylor Randall, marched to Kingsbury Hall on the U.’s campus, a little over a mile’s walk from East High School, many dragging umbrellas with their signs.

As Mary Ann Villarreal, the university’s vice president for Equal Opportunity and Inclusion, told the crowd in the auditorium, “There’s no rain stopping this march.”

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2023/01/16/hundreds-show-up-pay-tribute-dr/ Hundreds come to see Dr. Paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in a rainy march

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