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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 14th, OIED's African American Cultural Center brought Dr. Iyanla Vanzant to NC State's McKimmon Center for An Evening with Iyanla Vanzant: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The African American Cultural Center's annual campus commemoration honors Martin Luther King, Jr. through a specially selected guest speaker. Dr. Vanzant, author of Peace from Broken Pieces, is also host of Iyanla, Fix My Life on the OWN Network and founder and director of the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development.

Dr. Iyanla Vanzant

Dr. Vanzant's presentation, at times uplifting and at others introspective, inspired a large crowd of attendees comprised of students, staff, faculty, and community members. Interspersing quotes and lessons from King, Vanzant exhorted audience members to shed outdated ideas and behaviors to make way for new, more productive directions. Overcoming adversity and learning to triumph both in spite of it and because of it are recurring themes of Vanzant's work and life, and these themes mirror the struggle of many individuals, groups, institutions, and societies today.

African American Cultural Center Ambassadors

The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity honors those, who, like King and Vanzant, dedicate their lives to improving the lives of others. King said that people can make a difference if they "take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

What can you do today to improve the society in which you live? The first step for you may be assisting someone who needs help, speaking up when you witness an injustice, or even taking an OIED workshop. We hope you enjoyed the 2013 MLK campus commemoration, and if you missed it, please watch the OIED Calendar for future events!