Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration to Take Place January 16

The WU Danforth Campus Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee cordially invites you to the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Monday, January 16. The event will be held from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Graham Chapel on the Danforth Campus of Washington University.* The ceremony will mark the 60th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech in Graham Chapel, which took place on December 4, 1957.

Theme: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speakers include: Cohost student leaders Rosalind Byrd (President, Association of Black Students) and Kenneth Sng (President, Student Union); Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton; Provost Holden Thorp

Keynote Speaker: Traci D. Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries for the United Church of Christ and pastor at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri

Award Presentations

The Rosa L. Parks Award for Meritorious Service will be presented to Leah Merrifield, Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and St. Louis College Readiness Initiatives.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Service Award will be presented to Mya Petty.

Performances: Black Anthology; Harry V. Moppins, Jr.; Orchestrating Diversity Urban Youth Orchestra directed by Mark Sarich; Visions Gospel Choir

Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Danforth University Center (DUC), Tisch Commons. Free parking is available in the DUC Underground Garage. For more information, contact Rudolph Clay, MLK Commemoration Committee Chair, at (314) 935-5059 or rudolphc@wustl.edu. Visit diversity.wustl.edu/mlk.

*Pre-program entertainment provided by Orchestrating Diversity, 6:40p.m.–7:00 pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee, 2016-2017:
Gail Boker (Office of the Provost)
Jacqueline Carter (Olin School of Business)
Dean Choi (Campus Life—Leadership Development)
Rudolph Clay Jr. (University Libraries)
Robert Hansman (Sam Fox School of Architecture)
Amanda Heubach (Residential Life)
Phyllis Jackson (Campus Life—Event Management)
Brennan Strand (Catholic Student Center)

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