SAU honors MLK with weeklong celebration

Ambrosians brave the cold temperatures during the silent march. Photo by Mary Schechinger.
Ambrosians brave the cold temperatures during the silent march. Photo by Mary Schechinger.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., St. Ambrose University organized a weeklong celebration of civil rights history.

Students, faculty and staff met Tuesday to participate in a silent march. The march started at the SAU library and ended 10 blocks south of campus at the sight where Tony’s Barbershop once stood. The barbershop was a significant location in Davenport during the Civil Rights Movement.

First year student Rachel Flaherty participated in the march and said she didn’t realize it would be a silent march. She came expecting chanting and singing, but found that she didn’t mind the silence.

“It made you think about the reason why you were walking.” Flaherty said. “I thought about the people watching us march and wondered if it made them also question why we were walking.”

Students also had the opportunity to participate in a cultural simulation based on the Hasbro board game, “The Game of Life.” Players bought houses or cars and chose between the education or job tracks. Specific markings on players’ nametags indicated the type of stereotypical treatment they received based on race, sexual orientation, economic status, or disabilities.

“It’s completely different to be on this side of the table,” Jennifer Arnold said describing her performance of being on the mock education board.

Game facilitators could only respond to players by the markings on their nametags. The Students Organized to Unite People put on the simulation.

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