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WOU prepares to celebrate MLK Jr. Week

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University will host its seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week beginning Monday.

January 14, 2014

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University will host its seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week beginning Monday.

This year's theme is "Dream Keeping: Personalizing the Vision." The deadline for student essays on the topic is 5 p.m. on Friday. Prizes for the essay contest are gift certificates in the amounts of $130 for first place, $100 for second and $70 for third. All events are open to the public.

The schedule:

• Monday, 1-4 p.m., service project at Marion-Polk Food Share Program, 1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem.

• Tuesday, 1-2 p.m., "The Black Pioneers," facilitated by Jennifer Taylor, who will chronicle and discuss the history of African Americans in Oregon, Willamette Room, WOU.

• Jan. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m., "Look How Far We've Come," poetry slam, hosted by Ayesha Black of ASWOU, Willamette Room, WOU.

• Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., commemorative dinner, keynote address and presentation of essay contest winner, Pacific Room, WOU. Keynote address by Dr. Jaime Washington, co-founder of Social Justice Institute. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for general.

• Jan. 23, 3-5 p.m., "Poverty Simulation," facilitated by Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado, Pacific Room, WOU. Registration required at the multicultural student services office. Participation limited to the first 88 to sign up.

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