TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Local groups in the area took part in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, highlighting some of the most notable moments of his life.
Dr. King was a civil-rights leader who fought for equal rights. Some of his most notable moments include leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott and his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Trent Miles, CEO of the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club, says while it is disappointing they could not have as big of an event as they’ve done in past years, it is still important to teach children Dr. King’s message and his importance in this country.
“Obviously Dr. King is not around anymore and the time that he was here, it’s getting further and further apart from these young ones,” said Miles. “In this day and age now with the country seems divided, it’s very important to educate our young members.”
The Terre Haute Human Relations Commission hosted a webinar that highlighted the history of Dr. Kings life, and how he was able to create the change he felt was needed for America to move forward as a people.
“It’s a call of unity today to make a difference. As we see things that are going on around us what can you do to make a difference? Terre Haute is such a great community,” said Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett. “It’s been great to see new groups and new voices rise up.”
Local colleges are also honoring Dr. King. Rose Hulman hosted a virtual event on racial injustice and healing. Indiana State University is participating in 40 days of service, giving students and staff the opportunity to give back to their community.
“He left a great legacy. It’s hard to live up to that. Just the things he was able to teach as far as non-violence. Being able to teach unity,” said Miles. “Being able to get people to come together and not see someone for their skin color or their job title.”