The public is cordially invited to attend the second annual Warsaw Diversity Rally from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Warsaw’s Central Park Fountain Plaza. This year’s event features speakers covering diversity-related topics such as socio-economic issues in Kosciusko County, religous diversity, GLBT topics, cultural holidays and labels and preconceptions associated with body modification such as tattoos and piercings.
The Warsaw Community High School Gay/Straight Alliance will present a spoken word performance. Marena Moonflower, Hans Kusserow and Britt Kusserow will provide musical entertainment. After the presentation and performances, the entire group will conduct a peaceful celebration march around downtown Warsaw to show support for diversity awareness and acceptance in the community.
“We are so excited to be back again this year,” stated Karen Kusserow. “This is such a great opportunity for members of the community to gather peacefully, share experiences and show others that there are those that support people from all walks of life. It’s a great grassroots movement for a great purpose.”
Last year’s event was a success with eight speakers and almost 100 individuals in attendance. The planning committee hopes to continue to grow the event gradually each year, adding speakers and performers that embody the message of equality, acceptance and inclusion. This year’s event will also feature vendors that will serve food throughout the two hour event.
“Diversity is so important for a community to continue to grow and thrive,” commented Linda Francis. “Our community is home to several global industries, with the orthopedic and agricultural companies that are headquartered here. As people from other places move to our community, we want to show them that we are welcoming and inclusive so that they want to stay here and raise their families here. The world is becoming smaller and smaller every day with technology and corporate globalization, and recognizing and celebrating people’s references is important for the future of our community.