Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King held at UW-Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at UW-Eau Claire Wednesday night.

It's part of the campus's "Black History Month" commemoration.

The event was marked with a keynote address from Joanne Bland.

She was a youth civil rights activist in the 1960s and took part in some of this nation's most important civil rights battles.

This included some of the marches Dr. King was a part of.

"I was 11 years old in 1965”, says Bland. “I started going to voter registration meetings when I was eight.” “In fact, I was arrested the first time when I was eight years old.” “I tell them my experience hoping it will empower them at any age to get up and, when they see injustice, to do something about it."

The event was sponsored in part by UW Eau Claire’s Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Affairs.