Ada — Words of peace and equality from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have pierced the hearts of many across America and the world. Those words have played a leading role in the Civil Rights Movement.
East Central University’s U.S. Politics and Mass Media class have reached out to the community to teach young students about these values.
Those values in the form of drawings, with a creative flare from fifth grade students, are etched on black tiles and will be unveiled and on display in an 11 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 2, on the green between ECU’s Horace Mann and Administration Buildings on the ECU campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Christine Pappas, professor of political science and legal studies, wrote a grant to receive assistance to reach out to the community by teaching local fifth grade students – from Allen, Homer, Latta and Willard Grade Center in Ada – about peace and equality.
Under the grant, ECU political science students went to local schools and taught fifth grade students about Dr. King and equality. The project is centered on the quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Children drew pictures illustrating the quote. A total of 28 student drawings were selected to be incorporated into the community memorial, honoring Dr. King.
Montana Campus Compact approved the ECU MLK Project 2014 grant for $1,000. ENACTUS, Boadie L. Anderson Quarries, Inc., and Home Depot have also made significant contributions to the project, according to Pappas.
The ECU GOLD program will present the colors at the event and the fifth graders will receive certificates. Speeches are scheduled as the community comes together to celebrate peace and equality.