The 2014 MLK, Jr. Day and Wyoming Equality Day march will be held Monday afternoon in Riverton. County10.com file photo
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Tomorrow, Monday, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day across the United States, and Equality Day here in Wyoming, Wyoming Indian High School students are inviting all county residents to join them in a Celebration of Unity. The event will include a march from Riverton City Park to City Hall, and some brief remarks.
The event is being coordinated by WIHS instructor Colleen Whalen, who announced the event with an open letter to county residents. It is copied below:
“Dear Fremont County,
Every year since 2003 there has been a Martin Luther King Walk on Equality Day. We would like to invite you to join us in our Celebration of Unity this year. Wyoming Indian High School organized this Celebration of Unity to honor the students and citizens that started this tradition in 2003. You may remember that in December of 2002 a national hate group, World Church of the Creator, declared they would move its national headquarters to Riverton. In response a county wide group, Wind River Unity, was created. Wyoming Indian High School students, working with this group, organized Riverton’s first MLK Walk in January of 2003. Wyoming and the nation applauded as over 700 people took to the street to let it be known that Fremont County would not tolerate or shelter “haters.” The World Church of the Creator never gained a presence here and every year after 2003 Fremont County has celebrated Equality Day.
The Mayor of Riverton gave a speech at the end of the March in 2003 and WIHS students presented Mayor John Vincent with a Unity Blanket representing the four colors of man coming together
The March is Monday, Jan. 20th at 1:00 p.m. The walk will begin in City Park. People will gather near the band shell and walk to City Hall for speeches. Chief Mike Broadhead has told us he will arrange a podium and microphone for speeches. We have arranged for a few words from today’s youth with guest appearances of past students who organized the March of 2003. Speeches will be short and we hope the weather will cooperate! We would like to invite you to join us in our Celebration of Unity. This Walk is organized to spread good will and hopes to bring all of Fremont County together.
We dream January 20th, 2014 will be one of unity and help our county go forward with all people working together in the spirit of equality.
Wyoming Indian High School Facing History Night Class, Traditional Club, Culture Class, Health Class and the English Department, CWC Diversity Board”
Also tomorrow, Governor Matt Mead announced that he will participate in the Martin Luther King Jr./Equality Day march and speeches from the Depot to the State Capitol in Cheyenne.
Participants in the Riverton march are asked to begin gathering at City Park at 12:30 p.m.