Tuesday, January 10, 2012
MONMOUTH -- Community members are welcome to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy at Western Oregon University next week.
WOU's MLK celebration kicks off on Tuesday and will feature discussions on poverty, a guest speaker and other activities.
Volunteers of the school's Student Enrichment Program will also coordinate a shoe drive that started on Monday and will run through Jan. 20. The shoes will be delivered to needy children in Monmouth and Independence elementary schools.
This is the fifth year WOU has staged a weeklong event honoring MLK.
"Education is a continual process," said Don Boderman, SEP project director. "We have a whole generation who didn't live through the initiation of the civil rights movement.
"Every year we see students on the planning committee for this," he continued. "It's neat to see students catch the fire and to see why his message hasn't died."
For more information: Yokiko Swain, 503-838-8834.
MLK WEEK SCHEDULE
* Tuesday -- MLK week kickoff is noon in the new Willamette Room, on the second floor of the Werner University Center. It will feature a performance by acapella group 15 Miles West and remarks by WOU Interim President Mark Weiss.
* Wednesday -- A presentation on achieving equality in society by bridging the poverty and income gap will take place at noon in the Willamette Room.
Campus organizations will collect children's shoes for students at area elementary schools. The public can drop off donations at the information desk in the Werner Center.
* Thursday, Jan. 21 -- Author and lecturer Mark Mathabane of Portland will be the guest speaker at an MLK week dinner at 6 p.m. in the Pacific Room of the Werner Center.
Mathabane's critically-acclaimed autobiography, "Kaffir Boy," details his life growing up under apartheid in South Africa. His articles on human rights, education and race have appeared in such publications as The New York Times.
Dinner is $10 for community members and $5 for students.
* Friday, Jan. 20 -- A short closing ceremony for MLK week will take place at noon in the Willamette Room.