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Deadline approaching for MLK event proposals

Dec. 2, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Members of the University community interested in staging an event as part of activities celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy are asked to submit an application to have their event become a sponsored MLK program by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10.

Photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at WMU in 1963.WMU departments, offices, individuals and organizations, including Registered Student Organizations, are invited to apply for funding grants as well as publicity assistance to support projects they would like to schedule during the spring 2011 semester.

The theme of this year's tribute to the slain civil rights giant is "Bringing Life to the Dream." WMU events honoring King's life and work will be held throughout the spring semester and begin with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, for a WMU Celebration and Public School Visitation in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. Featured speakers will be Juan Pacheco, a motivational speaker with Barrious Unidos, and Basheer Jones, a talk show host with Basheer Jones and Company.

Members of the WMU community seeking funding will be notified if their proposal has been approved for assistance. Whether seeking funding or not, those planning to hold MLK-related events during spring semester must submit proposals for each of their events if they want to be included in the University's publicity for the 2011 celebration.

An application form for proposals, along with submission guidelines, is available online at the MLK website: wmich.edu/mlk/.

For more information on submitting a proposal, call the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (269) 387-6313.

Additional events across the Kalamazoo community that have already been scheduled include:

  • MLK Chapel Service, 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, Stetson Chapel (1200 Academy St.) Kalamazoo College.
  • Northside Ministerial Alliance MLK Communitywide Celebration, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, Chenery Auditorium (714 S Westnedge Ave.). Dr. Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, president, Kalamazoo College, speaker.
  • MLK Convocation Service, 10:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College. Dr. Geneva J. Williams, president and CEO, City Connect Detroit, speaker.
  • City of Kalamazoo: Community Day of Service and march to MLK Park. Meet at City Hall, 241 W. South St., 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17
  • Young Black Males Support Network Forum, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, WMU Bernhard Center. Tim Wise, antiracist, essayist, author and educator, speaker
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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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