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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Events

2015 MLK Celebration Events

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                       2015 Event Listings

Monday, January 12, 2015

Kick-Off Event
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, MU Horizon Room

A presentation and panel discussion with Dr. Kevin D. Rome, President of Lincoln University of Missouri.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Presentation by Dr. Kevin D. Rome
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Creating Change Panel of Speakers, Come hear the stories of Ordinary People who have used social justice to create Extraordinary Change

Sponsors: Office of Equity and Inclusion and Cultural Resource Centers

My Education, My Community: Sharing My Story
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Valley Library, Willamette East & West Seminar Rooms

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” (Mandela, 2003). This hands-on workshop will give participants a chance to read zines related to community and social justice and to talk about how self-publishing can work towards social justice. Participants will be invited to create a page for a collaborative zine, which will be distributed around campus and the community answering the question, “How does you being at OSU have an impact on your community?”

Sponsor: Meyer Program/Educational Oppoortunities Program & OSU Libraries and Press

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Is This Kansas?
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Furman 303


“Is This Kansas?” is an essay from Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss. It focuses on the author’s time teaching at the University of Iowa and her students’ reactions to racially-charged events. Biss, states, “Our willingness to imagine our own people as villains, as savages, is not a private problem of unclean thinking.” We will discuss how this essay fits with our own views of social justice in education.

Sponsor: Social and Environmental Justice Work Group from the College of Education

Students' Right to their Own Language
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Waldo 120

This event will focus on students' right to their own language and how that right often collides with the institution as it insists that American Academic English is the only language/literacy that matters.

Sponsor: Writing Center

How can I pay for Graduate School?
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, MU 206

Join OSU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences for a workshop presentation by the OSU Graduate School aimed at diversifying graduate school applications and admittances.

Sponsors: Oregon State University Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences and OSU Graduate School

Hard Truths: Confronting Racial Inequities in the Criminal Justice System
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Native American Longhouse


Participants will view a TED talk by human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Through small-group and large-group discussion, we will then connect these issues to our own experiences by reflecting on our own identity development and strategizing on how to use our personal influence to create change in our local and national communities.

Sponsor: Counseling and Psychological Services

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Writing to Resist: Uprooting the Normalization of Gendered violence ft. Sister Outsider
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Native American Longhouse


WORLD-RENOWNED guest performers Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman, as Sister Outsider, will lead an interactive workshop that discusses the normalization of gender-based violence.

Sister Outsider is an award winning poetry Duo, whose work explore the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the “in –between-ness” that exist in us all.

Sponsors: Intercultural Student Services, Student Leadership & Involvement, and the OSU Cultural Resource Centers and the University Housing & Dining Services

MLK Birthday Celebration
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Wecoma Room of CEOAS Admin Bldg

We will have a birthday cake in celebration of MLK's birthday. Attendees are asked to discuss diversity. They will also have the opportunity to add to a poster their thoughts, opinions opinions and quotes on diversity. 

Sponsor: OSU Water Resources Graduate Program

MLK Multifaith Prayer Service
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, MU 13

We gather to honor Dr. King's vision of a "Great House" and his concern that the abiding faith traditions of our global community might practice ways of living peaceably with one another. We will share a simple rhythm of silence interspersed with prayers, readings from scripture or sacred texts, and other treasures from these varied faith communities that affirm Dr. King's vision for peace with justice.

Sponsors: Campus Coalition Builders and United Campus Ministry

Speaking Justice
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, MU Horizon Room


Social justice spoken word event. Headliners will be world renowned poetry duo Sister Outsider.

Sponsors: Intercultural Student Services, Student Leadership & Involvement, and the OSU Cultural Resource Centers and the University Housing & Dining Services

Friday, January 16, 2015

Leadership for Social Change
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, MU 211

We will look at how your leadership style can foster change through exploring the Social Change Leadership Model. We will also talk about why people may resist change, as well as the benefits that can and have come from changes in society. We will also review basic steps for facilitating change in any capacity. We hope that everyone will find that they have the ability to be a social change leader! 

Sponsor: Center for Leadership Development

I Had A Vision
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Snell International Forum

This event is to provide students with a safe space to express there experiences here on campus, whether is was acts of racism, discrimination, or prejudices. This event will be open mic/discussion where the students would also be able to share their stories and be surrounded by students who have experienced the same thing. 

Sponsor: Black Cultural Center

Saturday, January 17, 2015

MLK Day of Service
8:15 AM – 1:00 PM (time varies by project) MU Horizon Conference Room 49/Corvallis Area


The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is about coming together to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy and help further his dream for peace by serving our neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, builds bridges, breaks down barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of strong, beloved communities.

For more information, visit: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/mlk

Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement/Student Leadership & Involvement; Co-sponsors: Community & Cultural Food Program

                                                          — Day of Observance —

Monday, January 19, 2015

33rd Annual Peace Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, MU Ballroom


33rd Annual Peace Breakfast with presenting recipients for the Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks awards. The Keynote speecher is the Hon. Darleen Ortega, Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Tickets available in advance at the MU Information Desk starting Winter 2015 term or at the door the day of the breakfast:

$6 for Students
$10 for Non-Students
Children 5 and under free

Sponsors: Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of the President, and OSU Foundation

Prison Letter Reading/ Panel
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Snell International Forum


We will have a panel of OSU students who have taken the Inside-Out class at Oregon State Penetentiary to talk about their experience in the class. The inside-out program is where OSU students go to Oregon State Penitentiary to take a class together and learn while helping each other with everyone's different experiences.

Sponsor: Prisoner Rights Advocacy Group

Film: Selma
5:30 PM, Film, Carmike 12 Theater
8:30 PM, Discussion, MU Horizon Room

University Housing & Dining Services and Student Events & Activities Center, will be sponsoring a screening & panel discussion for the movie Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson and Oprah Winfrey. The first 50 students who pre-register will get a FREE ticket and transportation to the January 19th screening at Carmike 12 Theatre. Afterwards, will be a panel discussion at the MU Horizon Room, open to everyone who has seen Selma, on the film's relevance to current events in America and how the Selma marches shaped social justice & critical change.

Sponsor: Student Events & Activities Center and University Housing & Dining Services

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Roots of Health Inequity
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, MU 208


Attendees will view a 30 minute segment of the documentary "Unnatural Causes" and then participate in a facilitated discussion with interactive activities.

Sponsor: Student Health Services

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot: Film and Discussion on Becoming a White Ally for Social Justice
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, MU Horizon Room


Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a documentary about Anne Braden, a white women who rejected her segregationist, white supremacist, upbringing and went on to become a significant civil rights leader. She was explicitly recognized by Martin Luther King, Jr. as someone that African Americans could rely on for help in the Civil Rights Movement. We will hold a discussion afterwards about what it means to be a white ally for civil rights struggles and the ways in which we can all build ties of solidarity for bringing about transformation for social justice.

Sponsors: Anarres Project for Alternative Futures-School of History, Philosophy, and Religion

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Governor John Kitzahaber On Equity and Opportunity in Oregon
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM, Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 125


Governor John Kitzhaber makes a special visit to the Oregon State campus to speak with students about the issues of equity and opportunity we face as a state — and as a society. Kitzhaber’s talk will mirror his recent inaugural address, in which he discussed disparity and inequality, and its crippling effect on communities. A question and answer period will follow.

Sponsor: College of Liberal Arts

In and Age of Extinctions, A Call to Life
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library


The truths of our time are deeply challenging – on-rushing extinctions and coming storms, the escalating threats to social justice. Words alone cannot express the urgency for a moral response. And so we turn to music. In this program, concert pianist Rachelle McCabe will play Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme from Corelli,” whose outpouring of descending chords gives voice to both the grief and the ferocious hope in the human heart. Creating a “duet” of music and words, writer Kathleen Dean Moore will speak of the call to save Earth’s astonishing lives -- a sacred trust, a great and glorious gift, to be honored and protected for all time.

Sponsor: Spring Creek Project / School of History, Philosophy, and Religion

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Global leaders in human rights and social justice: An international perspective
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, ILLC Auditorium

Hear about human rights and social justice movements from across the globe from our panel of OSU international students. The students will share stories of leaders in human rights and social justice who have made a difference and influenced their lives.  Everyone will have a chance to ask questions and make comments afterwards.

Sponsor: INTO OSU

Environmental Justice after Hurricane Katrina: A Village Called Versailles
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, MU 13

The Asian & Pacific Cultural Center and Student Sustainability Initiative will be collaboratively hosting a screening and discussion about the documentary, “A Village Called Versailles.” The film documents the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from the perspectives of a Vietnamese community in New Orleans and how they were able to organize against the development of a toxic landfill near their neighborhood. For more information, please go here: http://avillagecalledversailles.com/. After the screening, we will be hosting a discussion about environmental justice facilitated by special guest Gennie Nguyen, who was directly involved with the community organizing efforts.

Sponsors: Asian & Pacific Cultural Center and Student Sustainability Initiative

Oregon's Racial History and King's Vision of Justice
7:00 PM, The Majestic Theater


A conversation with Walidah Imarisha.

Event is free and everyone is welcome. Food will be provided.

Sponsor: Corvallis King Legacy Advisory Board

Contact Info

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