Ceremonies are being held tonight throughout the Chippewa Valley in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is honored today.
Dr. King helped change the face of diversity and race relations in the turbulent 1950s and 1960s before his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
The way people view diversity has changed...And on the day honoring him, many local people reflect on the changes the civil rights pioneer ignited.
"As we talk about people from different backgrounds becoming more prominent it's a good time to look at how far we've come, but we still have a ways to go. That's what's good about martin luther king day. Reflect on all of this how far we've come and how far we still have to go," UWEC Associate Vice Chancellor Kimberly Barrett said.
Even amid some of the more obvious needs for diversity include areas outside of just race relations.
"In our education at CVTC, when we're talking about diversity it's not just about race. We talk about people with disabilities and other things such as religious differences," CVTC professor Ka Vang said.