Candlelight vigil honors civil rights

<p class=”p1″>Set to Sam Cooke’s <span>1960s</span> song, “It’s Been A Long Time Coming,” images of American civil rights history faded on and off the projection screen in the <span>TSC</span> Ballroom on Wednesday afternoon.</p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Shortly after, students gathered across the room in a candlelight vigil remembering the life and ideas of Martin Luther King <span>Jr</span>. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>With Martin Luther King <span>Jr</span>. Day on Monday, <span>ASUSU</span> and Black Student Union leaders want to help students realize the importance of King’s civil rights work. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“Obviously it’s just important for the students to realize the importance of the matter,” said Luke Ensign, Student Traditions Activities and Arts Board arts and lectures director. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Kathy Washington, president of <span>BSU</span>, said the vigil is held annually so students can feel a sense of caring for King’s work.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“We don’t necessarily dwell on the past, but it’s always good to look at what you’ve come from and where you are now,” Washington said.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″><span>ASUSU</span> and the <span>BSU</span> worked together to schedule the vigil in the same location immediately following Preacher Moss’ common hour speech, “The End of Racism.” </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“We felt like with his speech, it could kind of tie in to where we are now, where we stand at this point in our lives and our culture,” Washington said.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Storm Cisco, <span>BSU</span> historian, gave a speech as part of the ceremony.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“Martin Luther King wanted the world to be better for Americans in 1963,” Cisco said on stage. “Not only did he want it better for Americans, he wanted it better for African-Americans. He wanted the people at the time to make the world better.”</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Cisco, who is half black, said it’s nice to be a part of the vigil’s atmosphere.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“As long as we remember, we’ll always do better,” Cisco said after the event.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>T.J. Pratt, a senior majoring in music, said it is important for USU students to remember and be aware of what King did for the human rights movement.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“Today a kid in Spanish class said, ‘Oh, we get the day off on Monday because it’s President’s Day,’” Pratt said. “Obviously in this culture, people really don’t know and it’s just sad the fact that most people that know are black or ethnic descent. So it’s just trying to figure out on a deeper level, how does Martin Luther King apply to the culture here in Utah specifically and to every single student at Utah State?”</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>To read this article in its entirety, visit the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Utah Statesman website</a>.</p><p class=”p2″></span></p>

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