STILLWATER, Oklahoma, Jan. 18, 2021— A crowd of hundreds made up of students, faculty and staff, and community members marched together Monday in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the OSU-Stillwater campus.
The group Stillwater Community United held a separate march through the city that linked up with the OSU campus march at the Spears School of Business, where marchers handed off a banner to student body representatives. There were songs and brief speeches, including comments from OSU President Burns Hargis:
“I think any time we can remember Dr. King we will be inspired,” Hargis said. “We’ll never forget his trailblazing activism, his soaring vision of a just America. So how do we honor Dr. King? I think we just treat everyone fairly and with respect, and we strive to lift barriers that impede the progress of especially underrepresented individuals, that we help them in any way we possibly can. And the time is right for all of that. In fact, Dr. King said ‘the time is always right to do the right thing.’”
Monday’s march is part of a weeklongMLK celebration. OSU Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Institutional Diversity Dr. Jason Kirksey said the week’s events exemplify the university’s efforts to embrace inclusion and combat racism.
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On Tuesday, the university will continue its celebration with a virtual keynote address by history professor Dr. Brandy Thomas Wells and the announcement of the essay contest winner for the newly created Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. OSU Scholarship. The keynote address and announcement will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Tuesday onOState.TV.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will host a special screening of the movie “Selma,” which portrays the movement to secure equal voting rights and the historic civil rights era march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
The showing will be simulcast inside the venue and on the adjacent plaza. To maintain social distance, tickets are required and can be accessed through the McKnight Centerwebsite. Use the promo code MLK2021 to reserve free seats.
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.