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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 16, 2013

Northwest to honor legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with annual peace march, weeklong celebration

Monday, Jan. 21

  • Peace Brunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom): A free breakfast will be served. Register by sending an email to sbryant@nwmissouri.edu by Friday, Jan. 18.
  • Peace March (2 p.m., Meet in the Student Union Ballroom): Participants will proceed to the Nodaway County Courthouse in downtown Maryville

Tuesday, Jan. 22

  • The Intercultural International Center's Northwest Dream Team will ask people throughout campus to share their dreams for America in relation to peace, justice, equality and unity.
  • Jeans for Teens (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Bearcat Bookstore): Individuals are invited to donate jeans to a collection for homeless youth.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

  • Jeans for Teens (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Bearcat Bookstore): Individuals are invited to donate jeans to a collection for homeless youth.
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (5 to 9 p.m., Student Union Living Room): Join others for a video and discussion based on research conducted by internationally known researcher, educator and author Dr. Joy Degruy.

Thursday, Jan. 24

  • Jeans for Teens (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Bearcat Bookstore): Individuals are invited to donate jeans to a collection for homeless youth.
  • Unity Celebration (7 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts): Individuals, groups and organizations are invited to perform songs or dances, spoken word, instrumentals, or talent to show intercultural appreciation.  

Friday, Jan. 25

  • Higher Learning (12:30 to 3 p.m., Student Union Living Room): The Intercultural International Center will host a video and discussion about equality and justice on college campuses.
  • Late Night at the Rec (9 to 11 p.m., Student Rec Center): All students are invited to enjoy recreational activities at the Rec Center.

Northwest Missouri State University will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events, including its annual peace march from the University campus to the Nodaway County Courthouse in downtown Maryville.

“At Northwest, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week is not only meant to remember Dr. King and his mission for civil rights, but also to remind us that it is up to each of us to continue to bring  justice, equality, peace and unity to our world,” said Steve Bryant, director of intercultural affairs. “My hope, through all of these events, is for participants to learn that each of us changes the world. In order to do so in a positive way we all must learn how we show up in the world and how we can make a positive difference.”

The University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week begins Monday, Jan. 21, with a Peace Brunch at 11 a.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. The free brunch will include a breakfast buffet and coincide with a panel discussing racism in America. Individuals interested in attending should send an email to Bryant at sbryant@nwmissouri.edu by Friday, Jan. 18.

The Peace March begins at 2 p.m. Monday and participants are should meet in the Student Union Ballroom. Participants will march from the University campus to the steps of the Nodaway County Courthouse. Participants also are encouraged to make and bring signs that promote peace, equality, justice and unity. A short presentation will be given at the courthouse.

Tuesday, University students representing the Northwest Dream Team will make their way throughout the campus in search of other peoples’ reflections of peace, justice, equality and unity in America. Students will be asked to write their responses on a sheet of paper and the Dream Team will take photos of the participating students holding up their “Dreams.” 

A Unity Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Members of the Northwest and Maryville communities are invited to perform poetry, songs and dances promoting the themes of peace, justice, equality and unity. A slideshow of the photos taken Tuesday by the Northwest Dream Team also will be presented. Individuals or groups interested in performing should contact the IIC by 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

Individuals are invited to gather for videos and discussions during two sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Student Union Living Room and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Additionally, the Intercultural International Center will sponsor a “Jeans for Teens” collection from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday outside the Bearcat Bookstore, during which individuals are invited to donate jeans to a collection for homeless youth.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister who helped lead the American civil rights movement during the 1950s and '60s. He is remembered for leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helping found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, which dramatically raised public consciousness about civil rights and established King as a world figure. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.

Although King was born on Jan. 15, 1929, his birthday has been observed as a national holiday on the third Monday of each January since 1986. In observance of the holiday, Northwest will not have classes Monday, and all University offices will be closed.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events are sponsored by the Intercultural International Center. For more information, contact Bryant at sbryant@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1517.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468