McPherson Mayor Tom Brown made extended comments during the Public Input session at Monday's McPherson City Commission meeting about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Brown said, "In light of everything that has been going on in the recent past, it would be my desire that we could approach some of these things in a more civil manner and a more peaceful manner."
Brown then talked about his background.
Brown said, "I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, three blocks from a steel mill, all kinds of ethnic groups of every color. Didn't seem to have a problem. Half of my friends were African-American. When I went to college at a small college in Indiana first, there were a number of African-Americans on the team and we played Sewanee: The University of the South and Elon College now Elon University in North Carolina and one in Tennessee. You know, our star players couldn't stay with us in the 60's, and we've come a long way from that. But, there's things that we should resolve."
Brown highlighted some of the activities taking place at McPherson College. Tonight, at 6:00, there is a movie and dialogue, Dear White People, in Melhorn 112. The public is encouraged to attend the event.