WMU News

Campus community invited to stage events for King Week

Nov. 13, 2003

KALAMAZOO--Programs, departments and organizations interested in staging events that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are invited to submit proposals for the 2004 King Week schedule of activities.

The events, which will take place Jan. 19-23, should be relevant to this year's theme of "Reflecting the Faces of Change: Courage, Character, and Collaboration." The WMU Martin Luther King Jr. Committee is asking all groups that are planning King-related activities to submit proposals, whether or not they are seeking financial assistance. Guidelines and a downloadable form for the sponsored programs, which are eligible for up to $200 in assistance, are available online at <www.wmich.edu/mlkday>.

This is the second year WMU has joined forces with the Northside Ministerial Alliance to plan a communitywide service. The event is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, in Miller Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The planning group, which is focused on ways to bridge generation gaps, spur action based on King's principles and ensure social justice for all people, will act as host to keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. The nationally known media commentator is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and African American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and is an ordained Baptist minister who earned his master's and doctoral degrees in religion from Princeton University.

Proposals for activities are being accepted through Thursday, Nov. 20. For more information, contact Dr. Ineke Way, School of Social Work, at <ineke.way@wmich.edu> or call (269) 387-3195.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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