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Jan. 10, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events, including its third annual peace march from the University campus to the Nodaway County Courthouse in downtown Maryville.
The University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week begins Monday, Jan. 20, with the third annual Peace Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. The free brunch will feature Robert N. Page Jr., assistant to the president at the Penn Valley Campus of Metropolitan Community College, as the keynote speaker. Page has worked in postsecondary education for more than 20 years and specializes in retention and recruitment programs for students of color, multicultural Greek letter student development and leadership, and diversity training as well as in motivating students to achieve at their highest potential.
The Peace March begins at 1:30 p.m. Monday and will leave from the Student Union Ballroom at the conclusion of the Peace Brunch. Participants will march from the University campus to the steps of the Nodaway County Courthouse in downtown Maryville. Participants also are encouraged to make and bring signs that promote peace, equality, justice and unity. A short presentation by National Pan-Hellenic Council representatives will take place at the courthouse.
Although King was born on Jan. 15, 1929, his birthday has been observed as a national holiday, Martin Luther King Day, on the third Monday of each January since 1986. In observance of the holiday, Northwest will not have classes Monday, Jan, 20, and all University offices will be closed.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, National Pan-Hellenic Council members along with multiple multicultural student organizations and the Office of Intercultural Affairs will collect coins as their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project. This year the money will be used to provide schools with supplies and backpacks for K-12 students in need in the northwest Missouri. The “Change for a Change” collection will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the information booths on the second floor of the Student Union.
As the week continues, the men of Alpha Phi Alpha will present “Dress Like Our Friend Martin” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Student Union Meeting Room D. Participants are encouraged to dress professionally and will watch “Our Friend, Martin.” The film blends authentic historical footage of Martin Luther King Jr. with colorful animation to portray the civil rights leader who challenged Americans to turn his dream of freedom into reality. Produced in association with the King family, “Our Friend, Martin” features an unprecedented all-star voice cast and a hit soundtrack with music performed by top contemporary artists and classic Motown greats.
Alpha Phi Alpha also will host “Go to High School, Go to College” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in Student Union Meeting Room D. The presentation will focus on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement. It will offer tips and strategies to facilitate success.
The week’s events will conclude Friday, Jan. 24, with a session as part of Northwest’s annual Bearcat Leadership Training. “Are we forgetting the Dream?” will feature members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, multicultural student organizations and the Office of Intercultural Affairs discussing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how that dream appears today. Students may register for Bearcat Leadership Training by clicking here.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events are sponsored by the Intercultural International Center. For more information, contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 660.562.1367 or visit the office in the Student Engagement Center on the second floor of the Student Union.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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