Celebrate King’s legacy with events at Willamette

Beginning Jan. 17, Willamette University’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2011 features ten days of activities for the university and Salem communities. This year’s theme is “Changing the Colors of Sustainability.”

Highlights include a presentation from civil rights leader Angela Davis, a lecture from acclaimed scholar and Willamette Law Professor Robin Morris Collin, performance poetry from Good Sista/Bad Sista and the Fourth Annual Stride Toward Freedom run/walk fundraiser for the Salem Multicultural Institute.

Throughout the two weeks, many other activities and service events will take place on campus and throughout the community. The full list of events is available at

On Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in Willamette’s Rogers Music Center, Collin will present “Race, Waste and Sustainability: From Common Origins to Our Common Future.” She is a leading scholar on the nexus among development, civil rights, social justice, environmental justice and sustainability. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Educators and performance poets Good Sista/Bad Sista will open for professor and civil rights leader Angela Davis on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Willamette’s Smith Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” Davis focuses her work on the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the criminalization of communities most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.

General admission seating is $15 in advance and can be purchased through the Salem Multicultural Institute, on the second floor of the Reed Opera House, or via Remaining tickets will be $18 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the World Beat Festival and the Oregon African American Museum.

The Fourth Annual Stride Toward Freedom fundraiser will take place Saturday, Jan. 22, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Participate in the 5-kilometer run or 1-mile walk for $15 with pre-registration, $20 on the day of the race. Register at Willamette’s Putnam University Information Center or Entry includes a T-shirt and post-race refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Oregon Multicultural Association.

For more information, contact Willamette University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at (503) 370-6265.