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The sounds of loud music playing in the background, the smell of food floating in the air, people laughing, smiling and talking over whelms the area, dancers taking over the floor space and people dressed in suits and dresses take over the space like a river. These are the sights and senses of the diversity ball.
This event of MLK week and Black history month had much to offer, it had guest speakers, dancers, food, music, knowledge about diversity and a diverse population. With it being called the “diversity ball” it lived up to its name. The room filled with conversations and laughter filling the air; this event is more than black history month it is about bringing people together and joining different groups to make one.
“We came last year and thought it was really fun and we have been to most of the MLK week events, so thought this was a fun place to celebrate and we never get to dress up” said Alejandra & Kendal students at the University of Wyoming when asked ‘what made them want to attend this event tonight?’ Bishrant Adhikari a student from Nepal thought about this event a little differently
“To make some new friends and get out and to see a different culture.” This group of people interviewed shows the diversity of this event Alejandra is a Hispanic American student, Kendal is a white American student and Adhikari is a student from Nepal a country in Asia.
With this event being during MLK week and being in black history month a question regarding Martin Luther King was also asked, what were you taught about MLK.
“Being from Atlanta, I know a lot about him and he was very much in our school system and we spent around 3 days talking about him” said Kendal while Alejandra had a little bit of a different view on this question.
“The first thing I was taught was the ‘I have a dream’ speech and that he was a great figure for civil rights, and being Hispanic being taught that he work along side with Cesar Chavez and it was just really cool to know that these two are common figures and minorities and making big strides.” Though these two woman are from different backgrounds, have different views taught about MLK, they came to the same event.
With this event being in black history month and having a diverse population, you cant help but notice the slight lack of the African American population attendance. Bringing up the question of ” what do you guy think about Black history month” with most of the population not falling underneath the months celebrated culture this question could make for some interesting view points and perspectives.
Cole Carpenter is a student at the University of Wyoming and also apart of the UMC (United Multicultural Council) and when asked this question he responded.
“I think that it is really important to celebrate that part of our history.” Adhikari was also asked the same question .
“Honestly, I haven’t read much about it” with him being from a foreign country in Asia this isn’t something that he was taught growing up the way that we are in America. February being a month to learn about another cultures history in America, the University of Wyoming used the last few days in January and the first few days of February to host events in which you can attend and educate yourself on the diversity of America.
He added “Obviously it is a rich culture in black history, back home we respect all kind of forms of histories because everybody has got a history.”
“I think that there needs to be more events because one week isn’t enough, especially in Wyoming and I think it is great that we have something to celebrate black history but there’s not enough of it” said Kendal while friend Alejandra also agreed with her statement.
(Photo taken by me)
With the diverse dances, music, performers, dishes and people this event was a night filled with emotion. All that were in attendance seemed happy and excited for the night and attending the ball, the people dressed nice and enjoyed what was being provided for them at the event.
With Martin Luther King JR. day being at the end of January there were multiple events that led right into the final big one, which was held the night of February 3rd in the union ballroom on the campus of the University of Wyoming.
“The diversity ball was an event well done”, said Carpenter and that lived up to its name and ended MLK week with style and diversity.