Equality Day in Casper centers around Dr Martin Luther King and his call to service. January 20, 2014 marks this federal holiday. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said,

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?”

Equality advocates in Casper plan a day of education to help people learn to rise from poverty and simply to use money more wisely as they celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday on the federal holiday.


The Casper Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), ServeWyoming, and the First United Methodist Church, have all worked together to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service, according to Glasgow. Casper’s celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with the annual march starting at City Park, 7th and Center streets. The Natrona County High School ROTC Color Guard will lead the marchers to the First United Methodist Church (FUMC), 302 East 2nd St. Those not wishing to walk may ride in a C.A.T.C. bus in the march or go directly to the church.


Dr. Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, a History professor at Casper College, will give the keynote speech at First United Methodist Church at 11:30 am. She will discuss how the women of the civil rights movement helped move it forward.


Some organizations in attendance will include Wyoming Food For Thought, The American Legion Post 2/Military Assistance Program, Wyoming Veterans Commission, Circles Wyoming, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation, and Casper Housing Authority, according to a statement from NAACP member Janet de Vries. Casper College will present information on how to afford college. Wyoming Senior Citizens Inc. will help people learn about navigating health care and Wyoming Housing Network will discuss their financial training services.

ServeWyoming and AmeriCorps are also sponsoring a food drive. Please bring food donations to benefit both the Holy Cross Food Bank and Wyoming Food For Thought. Specific food needed includes: Tuna, Peanut Butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Canned soup or ready-to-eat meals, jerky, dried fruit, and fruit cups.
The celebration has been made possible with support from, the Casper NAACP, Sam’s Club, For more information, contact Nurieh Glasgow, ServeWyoming, 234-3428 or Janet de Vries, Casper NAACP, 268-2446.