Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Western Oregon University will take place Monday, Jan 20 through Thursday, Jan 23 2014. Members of the Multicultural Student Service and Programs (MSSP) are offering events in respects to MLK Week. The weeklong events encourage diversity and social justice; it shares the same legendary commitment that MLK promoted.

The MSSP MLK events vary from a poetry slam, a local food share day, and discussions covering topics of African Americans in Oregon, the struggle of poverty in America, and the famous “I have a dream” speech from Dr. King. The main event is a commemorative dinner with keynote speaker, Rev Dr. Jamie Washington.

Dr. King fought against discrimination and segregation throughout his career as a civil rights activist. The fight for equality is an ongoing struggle, and these events bring awareness and importance of said fight. Attending the MLK Week events is an opportunity to discuss civil rights problems in America. It will provide different perspectives, knowledge about civil rights topics, and the chance to network with like-minded people.

Events are free to attend, except for the commemorative dinner with keynote speaker. For questions or more information, please visit the MSSP website flyer or contact Affie Eyo at eyoa@wou.edu or 503-838-8834.

Events scheduled

Monday Jan. 20
Service Project: Marion Polk County Food Share Program
1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem, Oregon
12:30pm-4:30pm
Sign up at the SLCD office by Friday, January 17th.

 Tuesday Jan. 21
“The Black Pioneers”
Willamette Room, WUC
1pm-2pm

 Wednesday Jan. 22
“Look How Far We’ve Come” Poetry Slam
Willamette Room, WUC
4:30pm-5:30pm

 Wednesday Jan. 22
Commemorative dinner with keynote address by Rev Dr. Jamie Washington
Tickets available for purchase in the Multicultural Student Services & Programs Office
$5 – students | $8 General
Pacific Room, WUC
6pm-8pm

Thursday Jan. 23
“I Have A Dream” speech discussion
Willamette Room, WUC
1pm-2pm

Thursday Jan. 23
“Poverty Simulation”
Pacific Room, WUC
3pm-5pm

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev Dr. Jamie Washington

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By Jo Bruno

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