TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Community members gathered Saturday for the 5th Annual Diversity Walk in downtown Terre Haute.
The 1.5 mile walk was free to the public and made a point of welcoming all people of varying ages, races, orientations and abilities.
The walk was originally scheduled for June 15 but was postponed due to severe weather, giving organizers an extra week to gather support through social media and word-of-mouth.
The event gave participants the opportunity to come together in unity and spread messages of acceptance and respect.
“The way the world is going, the way the country is going, it’s time that we accept individuals that are different from us, because they make a difference, because those individuals who are different, I guarantee that they have family and friends that are different, and I think that we want to make those individuals feel valued,” said Hamilton Center Inc. CEO Melvin L. Burks.
Over 3000 people attended the Diversity Walk in 2018, and Burks says they expected over 5000 people today.