SPSU marches in MLK Memorial Parade

P1150882KNOXVILLE – On Monday, Jan. 18, members of SPSU (Students Promoting Social Unity) marched in Knoxville’s annual MLK Memorial Parade. SPSU strove to show the Knoxville community that students at Johnson University are keeping the dream of equality alive.

Line up for the MLK Memorial Parade began at 8:30 a.m. and the parade took off at 10 a.m.

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Crystal Robinson holds the “I have a dream” poster.

The MLK Memorial Parade started at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center and stretched from the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Avenue to Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, where the annual Memorial Tribute Service was held.

The purpose of the parade is to be a visual and audible representation to the Knoxville community in tribute to the life and deeds of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Abby Gibbons holds the “I have a dream” poster.

Several groups, organizations and individuals participated in the MLK Memorial Parade and marched in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s honor. It was a day of unity and equality for the Knoxville community.

SPSU President, Terjuna Minor, said, “I’m so glad the significance of this march was not taken for granted but instead taken in. The city of Knoxville really came together and I’m glad SPSU was able to be a part of it.”

SPSU represented Johnson University in a way that shows Christ to the Knoxville community. SPSU had the opportunity to peacefully march with the same goals of equality and justice in mind that Dr. King dreamed of.

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The parade brought a variety of marchers.

In preparation of the MLK Memorial Parade, SPSU members set aside a night and made inspirational signs. One sign included a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and each member wrote down a personal dream of their own.

SPSU hopes to make an impact on campus and in the surrounding Knoxville community.

The purpose of SPSU is to raise cultural awareness, to promote advocacy against social injustice, to encourage involvement in surrounding communities by working together, and to inspire peace and change for all underrepresented populations.

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Members make posters for the parade.

SPSU has some plans in place for this semester and are starting off the semester as now being a small group chapel.

For those interested in joining SPSU in their efforts to create social and racial reconciliation, the group will now be meeting in RH 216 on Wednesday mornings for chapel.

For more information on SPSU and ways to get involved, contact Terjuna Minor at Terjuna.Minor@johnsonu.edu.

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