(ELLENSBURG, WA – Jan. 3, 2014) Central Washington University invites students, staff and the community to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a wide variety of events Tuesday, Jan. 14 through Thursday, Jan. 16 that include a candlelight vigil, peace march on campus and documentary screenings, just to name a few. A keynote address will be delivered by Ester Huey, community leader and activist on issues such as gangs, violence and poverty. All events are free and open to the public.
The celebration begins with Make a Difference Day Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom. Students from Lincoln and Mount Stuart Elementary schools will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. by writing about leadership, role playing various civil rights situations and making signs that the students will take back to their schools and spread MLK Jr.'s message of peace.
Activities continue with screenings of the "Freedom Ride" documentary Wednesday, Jan. 15 and the "I Have a Dream" speech Thursday, Jan. 16. These films will run continuously all day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the SURC Pit. In addition, there will be a display with facts and information about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as responses from elementary school students when asked what their dreams are from the Make a Difference Day event earlier in the week.
The week culminates with a Candlelight Vigil and March from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the SURC Pit and the march will go past the Japanese Gardens, along University Way in front of Barge Hall, and loop back to the SURC. Marchers will carry signs and sing songs from the Civil Rights Movement of the early 60s.
After the march, the Celebration and Tribute event will begin at 7 p.m. in the SURC Theatre. Rev. Dr. Vern W. McGee, Ellensburg Grace Episcopal Church, will be the master of ceremonies for the program, which consists of live music, speakers and various readings including the "I Have A Dream" speech. Ester Huey, a well-known community leader and activist in the Yakima area, will deliver the keynote address.
A retired director of the Yakima County Substance Abuse Coalition, Huey helped rebuild the largest African American owned and operated health care facility in the state for seniors and was essential to the revival of the Southeast Yakima Community Center. Huey also has a passion to help area youth and has opened her home to more than 20 foster children. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for work and commitment, which reaches beyond Yakima throughout the state of Washington.
For more information visit www.cwu.edu/leadership-engage.
Activities and events have been organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and sponsored by CWU Africana & Black Studies, CWU Students for the Dream, CWU Black Student Union, CWU E.M.P.I.R.E., CWU Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, Grace Episcopal Church, First United Methodist and the CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1850 or e-mailing CDS@cwu.edu.
(ELLENSBURG, WA – Jan. 3, 2014) Central Washington University invites students, staff and the com