CRANE, Ind. - Addressing a crowd of Army and Navy employees at the Crane Navy base Feb. 24, Indiana University Assistant Professor Dr. Darryl Hall provided a lunchtime lecture discussing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

The lecture, hosted by Crane Equal Employment Opportunity office and Crane Blacks in Government, is part of the Special Emphasis Event Series: Black History Month. Hall is a professor in the Literacy, Culture and Language Education Department at IU.

In his lecture, Hall provided the audience with an overall context of experiences, the ways in which he was nurtured and loved, that helped to shape King into the civil rights leader America remembers. Through his lecture, Hall highlighted the family, friends and educators who helped mold King into a man who eventually symbolized standing up for the rights of the disenfranchised in America.

"When we think about King's legacy and his life... he moved from looking at concerns that only pertained to African Americans to pertaining to all Americans," Hall said. Later he added, "King has something to offer to all of us. We can all think of King and how King has opened up doors for all of us, so that we all can have opportunities."

Hall also discussed the Voting Rights Act and how the legislation came to be. Using this act and the history of voting in the country, Hall helped the audience to understand better how the civil rights movement applied to all Americans as citizens.

The Special Emphasis Event Series are intended to introduce employees to cultural diversity by enhancing crossAca,!A?cultural awareness for the annual observances in support of the Joint Congressional Resolution, Presidential Proclamation, and achievements of all groups that comprise the society of the United States.

Crane Army Ammunition Activity was established in Oct. 1977 and is a tenant of the Navy Region Midwest, Naval Support Activity Crane. The Army activity maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components.