Louisiana Tech hosts exhibit honoring Dr. MLK Jr.

By Madison Remrey

The University of Louisiana System has partnered with the owner of an exhibit, Carrying on the Dream, to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor Black History Month.

Louisiana Tech is the first stop of multiple locations as it travels through the region.

Carrying on the Dream features things such as infographics, the hearse that carried MLK Jr. and counter stools that came from sit-ins. From Louisiana Tech, it will travel to Northwestern State University, Nicholls State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

Preparations to host this exhibit have included taking careful consideration towards various logistics such as finding security for during the day and night and making sure there was a space that would fit and protect a 1960s hearse.

Devonia Love-Vaughn, dean of inclusion initiative and student success, said that the exhibit is significant because it serves as a reminder of MLK Jr.’s life and recognizes his contributions. 

“He stood on hard issues,” Love-Vaughn said. “He had difficult conversations with people all of the time. And through the work that I’m doing at this institution, I encourage people to have those difficult conversations as much as possible.”

The exhibit, held inside of the Student Center, on Louisiana Tech’s campus, is open to the public today through Tuesday, Jan. 18. Visitors can stop by from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Masks must be worn and physical distancing is encouraged. 

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