As you all know, Black History Month is right around the corner and I can't think of a better way to celebrate MLK Day than to participate in the 30th annual MLK Marade. This year, we had a record number of crowds that participated in the Marade with estimated figures reaching over 30,000+. Colorado’s elected officials who joined in the Marade and festivities included Colorado Governor Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.
This was especially exciting in that our Undergraduate Admission diversity team hosted close to 30 Pioneer Prep Scholars from our Latino & African American summer workshop, and all of them were first time participants. It was exciting to see them being a part of activism and speaking about social justice/social change and what their vision of MLK has meant to them. We partnered with CCESL (the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning), and it was awesome to see other members of the DU community including BSA (Black Student Alliance) present. In all, the DU folks were close to 150+ strong.
In addition to attending the MLK Marade, I had the pleasure of watching my aunt and cousin participate in the MLK African-American Heritage Rodeo of Champions which was held at the Denver Coliseum. They come by way of Oklahoma and it was a treat to see them as well as a behind the scenes look into their world. All in all, it was a phenomenal day - we truly do have a lot to be grateful for. I challenged the scholars in asking "what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind" to help them grasp the important legacy and imprint MLK has left behind. It truly is amazing, all he was able to accomplish in his 39 years here on earth... and we as a society are better off for it!! Please check out some pics of my wonderful day. Enjoy and go Pioneers!!!!
Wahhab Carter - Associate Director of Diversity Enrollment