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Northwest students and community members participated last year in the University's annual Peace March to commemorate Martin Luther King Day. The public is invited again this year to participate in the Peace March and other activities throughout the week. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Northwest students and community members participated last year in the University's annual Peace March to commemorate Martin Luther King Day. The public is invited again this year to participate in the Peace March and other activities throughout the week. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Jan. 6, 2017

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week 2017

Monday, Jan. 16

  • Peace Brunch
    11 a.m., Student Union Ballroom
  • Peace March
    1 p.m., begins at Student Union Ballroom and concludes at Nodaway County Courthouse

 

Tuesday, Jan. 17

  • “13th” Documentary Screening and Discussion
    7:30 to 10 p.m., Garrett-Strong Science Building Room 2560

 

Wednesday, Jan. 18

  • JD Lawrence’s “Martin, Malcom and Me”
    7:30 to 10 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

 

Thursday, Jan. 21

  • Civil Rights Trivia Night
    8 to 11 p.m., Student Union Ballroom

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

The annual peace brunch begins at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. A free hot breakfast buffet will be served and the brunch will feature a keynote speaker Carl Stafford, a 2013 Northwest alumnus.

The peace march will begin at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom and conclude on the steps of courthouse, where Northwest student leaders will give a short presentation. Participants are encouraged to make and bring signs that promote peace, equality, justice and unity.

“We’ve seen a strain on race relations in our country during the last few years, and we are in need of healing and understanding,” said Gabbi Ray, a coordinator of diversity and inclusion at Northwest. “Martin Luther King Jr.’s messages of no violence, equality and unity are needed in these volatile times. The objective of these events are to remind people of all walks of life of those values and to work together to help our country become one again.”

The week continues with presentations and activities centered on civil rights and social justice issues. All events are free and open to the public.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Room 2560 of the Garrett-Strong Science Building, Northwest’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will offer a screening of the documentary "13th," with explores the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a progression to mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry. After the screening, attendees are invited to participate in a group discussion about issues raised in the documentary and their impacts.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Ron Houston Center of the Performing Arts, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents JD Lawrence’s dramatic stage play "Martin, Malcolm & Me." The play, featuring a cast comprised of actors from New York’s Who’s Laughing Now Inc., tells the story of Lucky, a young black man whose brother is wrongfully killed by police, and his chance meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. The men take Lucky on a historical and educational journey.

The week’s activities conclude with a Civil Rights Trivia Night from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Student Union Ballroom, hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Student Activities Council to host Civil Rights Trivia Night. Interested participants are invited to create teams of four to six people, and study questions will be distributed to teams prior to the trivia night. Teams will receive five questions during four rounds as well as tiebreaker questions and a bonus round. Prizes will be awarded to teams that win each round and a grand prize will be awarded at the end of the night. Register a team of four to six people at www.nwmissouri.edu/diversity.

Although Martin Luther King Jr. 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, 16, and all University offices will be closed.

King’s effort to lead the American civil rights movement during the 1950s and ‘60s included the 1963 March on Washington. There, 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 April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events at Northwest are sponsored by Northwest’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

For more information, contact Steve Bryant, director of diversity and inclusion, at 660.562.1517 or sbryant@nwmissouri.edu


For more information, please contact:

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

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