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Martin Luther King Jr.


The year was 1970. Bell-bottoms were in, hippies were still going strong and Elton John was making his extraordinary mark on the world of music. The era of peace and love seemed like it would never end. For some, at least. For others, particularly African Americans in the south, the fight for equality was still …

Photos and Story by Seth Whitehead/ Contributing Writer Two virtual displays in the MTSU Walker Library’s Makerspace are celebrating Black History Month by educating users about the civil rights movement and telling of the accomplishments of MTSU track and field coach Dean Hayes. The Makerspace is an area on the second floor of the library …

Photo and story by Anthony Merriweather / MTSU Seigenthaler News Service “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” belted Mavis Staples during her Which Stage set. The crowd joyfully responded, much to her liking. “Sounds like ya’ll ready,” she said warmly. Her band looked to one another in affirmation and began to jam. Soon after, Staples ordered her …

Photo courtesy of Biography.com  Story by Rachael Anne Keisling / Contributing Writer  Civil rights activist Leslie McLemore and Southwest Minnesota State University professor Jeff Kolnick reflected on the legacy that Martin Luther King Jr. left behind in the Business and Aerospace Building State Farm Room on Thursday. The presentation covered King’s college graduation, involvement with …

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov Of all the civil rights leaders that have spoken for generations of underprivileged people, the words of Martin Luther King Jr. have always resonated with me the most. His deeply moving messages are felt in the hearts and minds of Americans today, and I believe they will be felt for generations to …

Photo and story by William Green / Contributing Writer Southern Poverty Law Center Director of Outreach Lecia Brooks provided the MTSU Scholars Week Keynote Address, which focused on the current state of hate, bias and discrimination in America, in the Keathley University Center Theater on Wednesday evening. Brooks began her speech, titled “The Rhetoric of …