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Western honors memory of MLK Jr. with week of events

MONMOUTH -- Community members are invited and encouraged to visit Western Oregon University this week to help honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.



MONMOUTH -- Community members are invited and encouraged to visit Western Oregon University this week to help honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

The fourth annual MLK Celebration kicked off with a performance by the Highland Christian Gospel Choir on Tuesday.

Volunteers have also helped sort thousands of books collected during the recent Polk County Reading for All Literacy Program, which will send materials to children in local schools.

* The program continues at noon today (Wednesday, Jan. 19) with a discussion about faith and its role in King's message of equality, social justice and nonviolence. The talk will be facilitated by Don Boderman, director of Western's student enrichment program.

* There will be a showing of "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till" in the Werner Center's Columbia room at 6 o'clock tonight.

Till was a 14-year-old African-American murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for speaking to the wife of a white store owner.

The incident and the aftermath were catalysts in the Civil Rights movement.

* A dinner will be held in the Pacific Room at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission.

Featured speaker is Keith

Beauchamp, producer of the "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till." He has appeared on "60 Minutes," "ABC World News Tonight," Court TV and other television programs regarding his investigation into Till's murder.

* A poetry slam in the Werner Center's Oregon Room will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, followed by a dance at 8:30 p.m. in the Pacific Room.

For more information: Yokiko Swain, Multicultural Student Services and Programs, 503-838-8834.



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