Willamette hosts "Behind the Dream" events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

by University Communications,

“Behind the Dream,” a two-week celebration honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., begins Jan. 13 at Willamette University.

Among the events planned are “Celebrating the Voices Behind the Dream,” featuring a speech from the Rev. Jamie Washington, a performance by spoken word artists Rosie Glade ’12 and Leandra Stanley ’13, and music from the SEI Sounds of Soul Mass Choir of Portland. Also on tap is the seventh annual Stride Toward Freedom run/walk fundraiser.

“Celebrating the Voices Behind the Dream” begins Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall. Tickets are limited to two per person at $5 each for the general public. They may be purchased in advance on the second floor of the Putnam University Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the door.

Willamette faculty, students and staff may receive one free ticket in the UC by showing their university identification.

Washington is president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a multicultural organizational development firm based in Baltimore. He is also a founder of the Social Justice Training Institute, which provides leadership and development opportunities for social justice educators across the nation.

The SEI Sounds of Soul Mass Choir is based in Portland and is made up of 60-plus youths. Directed by Alonzo Chadwick, the choir will be accompanied by dancers and a drumline.

Willamette will host the seventh annual Stride Toward Freedom fundraiser Jan. 18 at Brown Field, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Participants in the 5-kilometer run or 1-mile walk may also register by going to the Putnam University Information Center or www.GetMeRegistered.com/StrideTowardFreedom.

The entry fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the race, which pays for a T-shirt and post-race refreshments. Proceeds will benefit the Salem Multicultural Institute.

For more information about these and other MLK events, visit the MLK website or call 503-370-6265.