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Jan 21, 2013 7:18 PM by David Ortiviz

Presidential Inauguration intertwines with MLK Day

The Presidential Inauguration took place on the same day our nation honors a civil rights icon. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. This is only the second time in history the two events have fallen on the same date.

"I don't think you could pick a better day to have this celebration," said LaNeeca Williams, Director of Affirmative Action and Campus Diversity at CSU-Pueblo.

CSU-Pueblo celebrated MLK Jr. Day with speeches, music and a video of Dr. King's March on Washington. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech.

With President Barack Obama's inauguration also today, students couldn't help but reflect on King's influence and the civil rights movement.

"It's inspirational that we've come so far," said Rebecca Gatchel, a student at CSU-Pueblo.

"A very big deal, it just means we've come a long way and we have a long way to go," said Jibrail Dibble, another student at CSU-Pueblo.

"The inauguration of our first African American President, his second term," said C. Omar Montgomery, an adjunct professor, from the University of Colorado at Denver. "It's very significant."

Montgomery was a keynote speaker for the ceremony. He challenged everyone to follow their passion in life and continue King's movement. "To change the social ills that plague us today," said Montgomery.

Following the ceremony Montgomery talked to News 5 about his hopes for The President. "This is a second term, they generally say this is a lame duck session for a President and things of this nature, but I hope he takes this time to be bold and put together legislation to help the poor," said Montgomery. "It's more than just having a face in office, but it's also the work that needs to be done and that's what Martin Luther King was talking about."

 

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