Spirit of Acadiana: “Wearing a Dream” exhibition


At Lafayette’s Blackham Coliseum, artifacts and exhibits will reflect one man’s dream of a better world.

“The Carrying A Dream exhibit focuses on remembering Martin Luther King for his struggle, remembering him for his dream, for his fight against discrimination,” said Ruben Henderson, UL animator for the “Carrying A Dream” exhibit. Dream”.

From Tuesday, February 15, the public will be able to see the hearse that carried the king’s body during his funeral procession in April 1968.

It is a car, but for many it is also much more.

“It’s a symbol of fairness, it’s a symbol of justice, it’s a symbol of fighting for what’s right,” Henderson said.

Among the physical artifacts are photographs that provide insight into a past that continues to guide the work of thousands of activists across the country and around the world.

Henderson said these images meant so much to him.

“I think it also makes me realize that good is not enough and sometimes you have to push yourself even harder. And push yourself even harder when you want to make a difference and you want to bring change that the world needs. to see,” he said.

UL Lafayette is the fourth college in the state to host the Expo. The Reginald F. Lewis Scholars – black male students who are successful in many ways have been on hand to help in every location.

The exhibit opens Tuesday, February 15, and Henderson suggests all attendees prepare to be inspired.

“Build your knowledge because what you know matters and be able to understand so we can make sure history doesn’t repeat itself,” he said.

The Carrying the Dream exhibition will be open here at Blackham Coliseum from Tuesday to Saturday. It’s a history lesson you won’t want to miss.

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