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MLK Jr. Observance Week events

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The K-State MLK Observance Week Planning Committee and the City of Manhattan MLK, Jr. Memorial Committee are pleased to present the 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Week Poster and schedule of events. This January marks the 40th year since Dr. King’s historic visit here. Hence, our theme for the week is, “40 Years and Still Celebrating!”

As you will see on the poster, the celebration begins with a City of Manhattan proclamation early in January followed by a series of community events. The full day of Mall events and community volunteerism takes place on Monday, January 21. Remember, the national holiday is still “a day on, not a day off.”

On Tuesday, January 22, the celebration moves on campus with the College of Agriculture MLK Diversity Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room, and the Commerce Bank Presidential Awards Program and Reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center Ballroom.

We are so pleased to announce that the recipients of the Commerce Presidential Diversity Awards are Dr. Farrell Webb in the College of Human Ecology and Clemente Jaquez-Herrera, graduate architect student. Join us at the Commerce Bank Award reception to celebrate the contributions made to diversity by both the award winners and the other staff, faculty and student finalists.

We’re very excited about a new event created this year for Wednesday, January, 23, 11:30-1:00 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. It is called the Civil Rights Matinee. We’re going to recreate a Harlem movie theatre and the educational feature film will be “February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four.” The Greensboro four were a group of African American male students at a historically black university in North Carolina who helped advance the Civil Rights Movement by sitting in at all-white lunch counters in the 50's. Your lunch and matinee ticket will entitle you to visit the theatre concession stand where there will be hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, nachos and of course, candy. Do make your reservations for the Civil Rights Matinee as soon as possible by calling 532-6276. Come with colleagues and students. This event will make an excellent extra credit learning opportunity for students.

Then, on Wednesday evening, Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. will hold its annual MLK Candlelight Vigil. This is always a very moving and inspirational event.

On Thursday, January 24, another new event targets K-State’s more than 400 student clubs and organizations. It is called “Bring Forty to Celebrate the King.” Student clubs and organizations are being asked to donate at least $40 for the creation of the Coretta Scott King Gardens of Engagement. The first 40 to give and/or those organizations exceeding $40 the most will be permanently recognized when the Gardens are built as the “Top 40 Circle of Supporters.” Our very own Wildcat 91.9 radio station has partnered with us and will be conducting a live broadcast of all student organizations “Bringing Forty to Celebrate the King.”

On Friday, January 25, the College of Business will have its annual Diversity Lecture and later that day, all the patrons of the MLK Commemorative Bust will meet to discuss the progress of planning for the Coretta Scott King Gardens of Engagement. This very important meeting will occur at 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center.

The whole campus is invited to gather at the Bust on Friday at 3:30 p.m. for the “Laying of the Wreaths.”

Well, as you can imagine, many dedicated people have worked hard to bring these events to the City of Manhattan and K-State. In addition, we are so grateful for the generous support of MLK Week by over 50 campus departments and units. This is truly your week. With everyone's support and participation, we can make this week another memorable celebration of Dr. King’s visit to the City of Manhattan and Kansas State University.

If you would like hard copies of the poster or you have any questions at all, please call the Office of Diversity at 532-6276.
Source: Myra Gordon, mygordon@ksu.edu, (785) 532-6276

This article was posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008, and is filed under Family Studies & Human Services.