Zane State Celebrates Diversity

by Courtney Wheaton on January 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

A merging of cultures took place at Zane State college on Friday.

The college held its 22nd Annual Ethnic Food Fair in the memory and celebration of Martin Luther King Junior’s life and legacy. The Cultural Outreach Coordinator for the event says that she thinks Doctor King would be proud.

"I think it fulfills his dream because it’s the bringing together of people over a table. It’s friends, it’s fellowship, it’s community, it’s the mayor all of these important people are in the room to share in this experience," said Keisha Norris.

Dr. Anita Jackson was this year’s guest speaker and she talked to the crowd about issues facing diversity. The event also gave recognition to 22 area seniors who are receiving $500 book scholarships through the Martin Luther King Junior Scholarship fund for their hard work. The fund aims to financially assist students of color with high academic standards.

"Even if you have your tuition covered which usually students do, we all know it’s a big shocker when the cashiers like that’s not $50 but a $150," said Norris.

The Program Director for Culinary Arts at Zane State, Marco Adornetto and his staff of students prepared Greek, Italian, Mexican and soul food for the event.