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‘World on Square’ practices diversity

While people in other parts of the world continue to kill each other over race and religion, members of Community Unity prepare for their third annual World on the Square festival that promotes diversity and acceptance.
The festival, which began in 2000 as a peaceful response to a visit by the Ku Klux Klan, takes place Saturday, Aug. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Corydon town square.
Visitors can learn more about Ecuador, France, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam, as they wander from display booth to display booth.
Another display, by the Louisville Community for Israeli-Palestinian States, will show that there are Palestinians and Jews who work together to find peaceful ways to resolve conflict.
The Vietnam display will make its first appearance at the World on the Square festival. Members of the group making the display have expressed an interest in providing some of the entertainment next year.
Another new display this year will feature Costa Rica. Martha Partin of Corydon, who teaches at Fort Knox in Kentucky, is bringing the members of the school’s National Honor Society. The students, who chose diversity as their service project, will fry plantain for visitors to taste.
Kirby Bachman, one of the co-coordinators of the event, said American topics, such as Native Americans, archaeology and the Underground Railroad, will also be represented.
“Passports” will be available for festival visitors to have stamped at various booths. Persons who successfully “complete” their passports will receive a prize.
Festival organizers will also provide “a taste” of international food at the Corydon United Methodist Church. A free-will offering for the sampling will help defray festival expenses.
Entertainment, which includes Ritmo Latino Salsa Band, the River City Drummers and Malek Middle Eastern Dancers, will take place all evening at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand.
Children’s games and contests will also be a part of the festival.
Event organizers have received help making signs and pi’atas from members of the Gerdon Youth Center in Corydon.
“It is very important what you’re doing,” Dr. Yacoub Yacoub told Community Unity members a few weeks ago while they were finalizing details for this year’s event.
World on the Square is also sponsored by the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site.

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