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Unity Walk Brings WSU Students, Community Together

Carla Eckels
WSU sophomore Sarah Myose, center, joins other marchers in the middle of the MLK Unity Walk.

Students and community members braved the cold Wednesday night to participate in Wichita State’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Walk.

Staff from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion began the walk at the Red Bud trail south of campus followed by a program at WSU’s new Experiential Engineering building.

Sophomore Sarah Myose said she participated in the walk as an effort to become more involved in the community.

“Especially since right now in our nation, there is a lot of racial tension, so I think that something like this is a really good way to show that we still have a whole lot more things that unify us than divide us," she said.

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WSU graduate student Randy Barber participates in the Unity Walk Wednesday night. Barber says Dr. King's legacy has helped him work toward achieving his dream of a doctorate in community psychology.

Graduate student Randy Barber said Dr. King was a transformative leader. He said the walk demonstrates the importance of diversity.

“This unity walk incorporates all type of individuals from every walk of life, and so we want to be inclusive as a campus," Barber said. "But we want to show that MLK stood for more than black rights, but for the rights of everyone, and so this unity walk helps us to show that to people."

The Reverend LeSean Tarkington, a senior pastor at Grant Chapel AME Church, was the keynote speaker.


Carla Eckels is director of cultural diversity and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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