Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2016

Dear Willamette community,

Steve ThorsettOver four decades after his death, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commitment to social justice and change through nonviolent protest remains relevant in the ongoing dialogue on racism, economic injustice and other forms of oppression. I invite you to join me in engaging in meaningful dialogue and action around the principles championed by Dr. King by participating in Willamette University's annual commemoration of his life and work.

One of the capstone events of our two-week celebration is the campus community service project, Into the Streets. Afternoon classes for CLA students on Friday, Jan. 22nd have been canceled to facilitate student, faculty and staff participation in this event.

Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s wife, once wrote about the annual commemoration of her husband's life and said, “Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching non-violent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in non-violent action for social and economic progress.” I encourage you to take part in at least one of Willamette’s MLK commemoration activities to engage in experiences that examine Dr. King’s legacy of creating a more just and inclusive society.



Steve Thorsett

“This Dream Built on our Backs” A two week-long celebration

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