Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you.
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "I've Been to the Mountaintop", 1968
Dining Services has and continues to reflect on these powerful words and is striving to rise to MLK's challenge to do better.
The 2021 spring semester kicks off with an annual MLK special event, hosted at the Valley Dining Center and Grab'n Go locations on Monday, Jan. 18. This dinner is a celebration of Rev. Dr. MLK Jr.'s legacy and intends to raise awareness about the ongoing justice work that needs to be done, as well as build capacity for critical conversations to address racism and oppression on campus and within Dining Services.
MLK's full transcript for his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech can be found on the national website for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). WMU Dining Services proudly partners with AFSCME Local 1668 Union to provide excellent food and quality service to the WMU campus community – a national union that finds inspiration and grounding from MLK's justice work. Dining Services is grateful for this reminder and is striving to work in partnership with AFSCME to build a more equitable department.