Weekend youth symposium held to prepare for MLK day

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KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Martin Luther King Jr’s life is celebrated on Monday.

Over the weekend, several events were across East Tennessee to prepare for holiday.

One of them, the Youth Symposium at Vine Middle School in Knoxville began early Saturday morning and ran well into the afternoon.

The symposium is a free event featuring guest speakers, music and workshops.

It has been held by the students of Vine Middle each year since 1993 and is always open to the public.

"I just hope that they'll understand what people go through for racial differences,” said Brianna Coker, who co-chaired the event.

“I'm honored to actually be where we are now,” said Aaron Ingram, the other co-chair. “In the past, blacks and whites couldn't be together and it's a big step forward."

Special guest speakers included members of the Clinton 12 and Victor Chol, a Sudanese immigrant who was featured in the Emmy Award winning documentary Lost Boys of Sudan.

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