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(Photo Gallery) The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration

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(Front to back) TeraLynn Steele, Breana Miller and Najha Marshall hold their fists up, a gesture symbolic of unity and solidarity in black communities, while getting their photo taken, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration in the LBJ Ballroom.

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  • (Left to right) TeraLynn Steele, Denise Trauth and Najha Marshall lead a march involving students, faculty and administration, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, prior to the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration ceremony Texas State. Students, faculty and administrators across all demographics walked across campus in silence and solidarity, holding signs advocating for black lives, history and more.

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  • Najha Marshall carries and disperses a handful of signs to participants at the march preceding the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the LBJ Ballroom.

  • Texas State President Denise Trauth join Texas State students and San Marcos residents from the march beginning at Old Main to the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the LBJ Ballroom.

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  • Students await the beginning of the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

  • A photo from the Invictus Photo Gallery by Texas State student Chinedu Chukuka, known as Chino Angles, sits on a table, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration in the LBJ Ballroom.

  • Ushers stand at the entrance of the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration with event pamphlets, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, outside of the LBJ Ballroom.

  • A Black Lives Matter poster sits prior to a march before the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, by the Vaquero Statue near Old Main.

  • Maya Diaz holds a sign stating, ‘Love Wins’, prior to a march before the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, near the Vaquero Statue near Old Main. Members of the Texas State community attended the gathering before the march holding signs, conversing with one another and taking photos.

  • Texas State students await the beginning of a march, led by students, administration and faculty, prior to the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Vaquero Statue near Old Main.

  • Najha Marshall (left), TeraLynn Steele (center) and Breana Miller (right) strike a pose at the photo booth station at the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration Tuesday, January 21, 2020, in the LBJ Ballroom. A reception period full of art, food and community followed the march before the program began.

  • Brandon Gainous carries a sign which reads “We will get there!” through the march from Old Main to the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, in the LBJ Ballroom.

  • Participants of the march carry signs and posters with powerful messages regarding equality and justice, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration and march Tuesday, January 21, 2020, in the LBJ Ballroom.

  • Marcus McNeil (left), creative director of the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, leads the Clear Vision Praise Team in dance to finish out the celebration, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the LBJ Ballroom.

  • Dr. Sherri Benn (left) closes the celebration with a speech about a progressive future and family ideals at the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the LBJ Ballroom. Dr. Benn was joined by an alternative dancer near the latter half of her speech.

  • Chris Teague returns to the stage to perform a piece titled “River” at the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the LBJ Ballroom.

  • Dr. Joanne Smith receives a round of applause from the audience at the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the LBJ Ballroom. Dr. Smith was the recipient of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion DREAM Award created in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Singing group VocaLibre performs an a cappella routine for the audience at the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration. Tuesday, January 21, 2020, in the LBJ Ballroom.

  • Chris Teague (right) leads the 36th Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration with a performance of the Black National Anthem as attendees stand and sing along, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, in the LBJ Ballroom.

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