While we head in to Black History Month, we have just passed the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. day. In Kaleidoscope, we not only celebrated his birthday, we celebrated his life, legacy and what he stood for. King was an important civil rights leader; if it was not for him, I would not be on this campus today. I am very appreciative of him, as well as other people on this campus. To celebrate him, we did a series of events in his honor.
First off, Kaleidoscope has meetings every Monday, so we had a moment of silence for him, then we started to prepare for the events of the week ahead. The first one was the Umdabu South African Dancers. These dancers were amazing! They showed us different dances they do in different situations.
For example, since there are numerous languages in Africa, some of the workers could not communicate to their bosses, so they used dance as a way to communicate. Dance is a universal language for them; they had dances for war, love and just well being. This was very inspirational. It was their second year on campus and hopefully they will return next year.
Secondly, have you ever heard of the movie “Glory Road?” Though the movie came out in 2006, it takes place 40 years ago, Don Haskins, the coach of Texas Western’s basketball team, goes to recruit the best players in the nation: seven7 blacks and five whites. To make a long story short, they make it to the National Championship in 1966. Throughout their season, they are ridiculed for showboating and even feel the effects of racism while traveling to all-white schools. The school plays the University of Kentucky and only use their seven African-Americans to beat them, shocking the nation. This was displayed for the school to see, and quite a lot of people showed up to watch it.
Kaleidoscope also sponsored an art show, where there were five Hanover artists who displayed their talents for the chance to earn gift cards. First place winner was Elizabeth Dawes, who won a $125.00 gift card to Walmart. Second was Chelsea Brown, who won a $50.00 gift card to Walmart. Third was Long Pham, who won a $25.00 gift card.
The last event of the week was the Marade. A marade is different because it is a parade, but has the purpose of a march. Genevieve Laca ’09, who was president of Kaleidoscope, started the Marade during her senior year. It’s the only Marade in the state of Indiana, so it was very special to participate. We marched around school, and at 10 different stations, we had different facts about Martin Luther King Jr., and included dancing and music.
This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. week was really special. We had a really good turn out. Some people in my dorm do not like Martin Luther King because of some things he did, like cheat on his wife and other things. I tell them that is not the only thing he did. He helped people live together as one. If he was still alive I would be honored to tell him thank you. This week starts our Black History Month events. Be on the look out for posts about it in our blogs.