Hardin-Simmons Celebrates Diversity

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Felicity Neptune
HSU Staff Writer

When James B. Simmons contributed to the founding of Hardin-Simmons University, it was his belief that education should be available to all students no matter their race, gender, or social class. Simmons was a Baptist preacher who advocated for abolition before the Civil War and helped found seven colleges for freed slaves after the war because he knew the importance of education as a free citizen.
As stated on the university’s website, “Our students have big dreams, and HSU exists to instill the knowledge and nurture the confidence to identify and fulfill those dreams. We do that by embracing every student as a member of our family. You will matter at HSU, and you will matter to us when you go into the world.”
Known for his boycotts against unjust laws against African Americans, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights until he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Since 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been a national holiday celebrated every third Monday in January.
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day soon approaching, students from the Black Student Union, Proven, and the Latin Student Union, Sangre, share their thoughts on the upcoming holiday as well as how Hardin-Simmons has created a safe space to celebrate diversity.
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