Alcorn State Hosts Olympian, Activist John Carlos in Unity Through Diversity Week Launch
[mpoverlay]Alcorn State University today launched its first Unity Through Diversity Week, designed to unite the campus and surrounding community through educational events with a focus on diversity and inclusion.
Dr. John Carlos, an American Olympian best known for giving a black power salute during the medal presentation of the 1968 Olympic Games, was the keynote speaker for the launch event.
“Don’t be afraid to offend your oppressor. Don’t be afraid to take a stand together. There is power in unity,” Dr. Carlos said during his lecture.
The week’s activities will include panels on religious diversity and “women’s firsts in Mississippi” wellness walk and talk, a male success town hall meeting, salsa dancing, a diversity art exhibit, a multicultural parade and festival, an interactive performance experience addressing mental health issues, a diversity awards luncheon, and speakers to include civil rights legend Myrlie Evers and nationally recognized cultural expert Pegine Echevarria.
“This exciting week will affirm Alcorn’s commitment to diversity and equity, provide powerful and enjoyable experiences for the campus community to grow together in cultural competence, and help prepare our students to be champions for diversity in their future professional endeavors in a global society,” shared Dr.Derek Greenfield, director of Diversity and Equity Engagement.[/mpoverlay]