Celebrating MLK Day

MACU Participates in annual parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Anna-Kate Weichel

For the first time in university history, MACU participated in the annual MLK Jr. Holiday Parade in downtown Oklahoma City. On Jan. 18, MACU students, faculty, staff and families donned special “Dream” T-shirts and marched proudly alongside a float they helped create to represent the university and honor King’s life, legacy and his dream for the future. The event, hosted by the OKC MLK Coalition, is the third largest of its kind in the country, with
more than 100 floats included in the miles-long parade.

MACU’s role in the event was organized by Executive Director of Community Outreach and Services Erica Alvarez-Stanton, who described the opportunity to march with the university “an honor and privilege.” “Dr. King told us that ‘We cannot walk alone,’” Alvarez-Stanton said. “We needed to get out there and do our part to show the community that they are not alone, we stand with them as children of God.