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MLK Celebration Week at WOU

Please join us

for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week


Monday January 16, 2017- Marion-Polk Food Share Service Project.

Group of volunteers working outside in a garden, posing for the picture holding a variety of garden tools
2016 Volunteers

Make the MLK Jr holiday a “day on versus a day off”.

Come join us to give back to the community- VOLUNTEER! During the volunteering we will be spreading wood chips and cleaning-out garden boxes. Lots of dirt moving! (if there is heavy rain, we will work inside a warehouse).

To sign up for the day, please complete the form at: MLK Volunteering sign up form

Location and time: Salem, OR 1-4pm (depart WOU at 12:30pm)




Tuesday January 17, 2017- Community-Police Dialogue


Join students, faculty and staff as we engage in a dialogue about race, class and justice with local law enforcement officers.

Share your story and help us find solutions to the problems that divide us.

Location and time: Werner University Center, Willamette Room, 3:30 pm-5:00pm


Africian American man, Lasana Omar Hotep, sitting with his hands clutched under his chin looking at the camera wearing a black hat and black suit blazer
Lasana Omar Hotep

Wednesday January 18, 2017- MLK Jr. Celebration Annual Dinner


Keynote speaker: Lasana Omar Hotep

Lasana Omar Hotep is an entrepreneur, essayist and educator committed to providing insight and practical strategies in the areas of student development, cultural fluency and institutional equity. His fact-based, witty, multimedia presentations inform and inspire individuals to think critically about themselves and society. He has delivered talks and engaged audiences around issues of cultural identity and educational equity at over 100 institutions throughout the country.

Read more about Lasana on his website at Lasana Omar Hotep’s website

Cost:  $3.00 for students, $5.00 for general admission

Tickets can be purchased, cash only please, at the Werner University Center front desk or in the Office of Disability Services, APSC 405.  Students who have a meal plan can use their ID/Meal cards to purchase MLK tickets for $3 at Wolf express in the Werner University Center.

Location and time: Werner University Center, Pacific Room,

Doors open at 5:45 pm, program begins at 6:00pm


Thursday January 19, 2017- Poetry Slam


co-sponsored by Black Student Union

Join your peers and WOU faculty along with BSU as they recite poetry and even read their original works.

Grab a drink and listen or even recite something yourself!

Location and time: Werner University Center, Caffe’ Allegro, 4pm

Sign up in advance by filling out the form at: Black Student Union’s MLK Poetry Slam Sign Up form


MLK Essay Contest


MLK Essay Contest Competition Form

The MLK essay contest is an annual contest that asks students to reflect on  Dr . King’s legacy and accomplishments. This year, we ask students to reflect on the following quote:

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.”

Letter from a Birmingham Jail By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

The contest is open now and closes on January 13, 2017 at 5pm. Entries can be submitted in-person to the Multicultural Student Services & Programs (MSSP) Room 212 in the Werner University Center (WUC) office or via email to cortezm@wou.edu.

Winners are invited to the MLK Dinner and the first place winner reads their essay at the event.

Prizes are awarded in the form of WOU Bookstore gift certificates for the following amounts:

1st place-$130

2nd place-$100

3rd place-$70


Questions regarding MLK Jr celebration week at WOU

Please contact Affie Eyo-Idahor at 503-838-8834 or email at: eyoa@wou.edu