SOSU celebrates MLK Day

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

DURANT, OK-- Students from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, for 13 years, have been celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a "Day of Service."

This year, they read the book, "Happy Birthday Martin Luther King" to Durant Elementary Students and spoke with the kids about the significance of the day.

"I think it's so extremely important to get out and give back to the community," Sunni Roberts, a senior at SOSU, said.

Dean of Students, Dr. Camille Phelps, says the college students did a good job explaining the importance of MLK Day to the younger children.

"When someone fights for change or is the voice of change, there is always a group of people that is against that and they have a fight on their hands," Phelps explained.

Students said, while there has been significant change in the country, since Dr. King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech almost 50 years ago, they believe racism still exists.

"I do think there is different kind of racism. There is maybe not, you can sit where ever you want on the bus, but there is things that happen now, that's not the same, but it happens now and it's just as bad," Roberts explained.

And that's why these Southeastern students want the word of Martin Luther King Jr. to be heard , keeping his dream alive for generations to come.

"If there is anything that I ever noticed, history constantly repeats itself. And so an understanding of what Martin Luther King was talking about can prevent history from repeating itself," Wesley Burke, SOSU Junior, said.

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