Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
— Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963

Dear Willamette Community,

I am pleased to welcome you back to Willamette for the start of the spring term. This week also begins Willamette’s annual celebration of the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s theme is, “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”, a phrase from his Letter from Birmingham Jail, one of the most important documents of the civil rights era.

Thanks to the efforts of the MLK planning committee, there are a number of special activities and events to promote discussion on Dr. King’s message and teachings and to reflect on what yet be accomplished to fulfill his vision of equality and social change through non-violence. Afternoon classes for CAS students on Friday, January 19th have been canceled to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to exemplify our motto by participating in the annual service project, Into the Streets.

I am looking forward to participating in several events over the course of our MLK Day celebration. I hope you will join me and sign up to take part in at least one of the many opportunities offered to engage in experiences that exemplify and honor the legacy of Dr. King.

Steve Thorsett, President

Steve Thorsett

Schedule of Events

Dr. Andre E. Johnson

Dr. Andre E. Johnson: "Why America May Go to Hell": The Prophetic Pessimism of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Trump Era

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 7 p.m.

Rogers Rehearsal Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
(This event is free and open to the public)

Willamette University

Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion

Renjen Center - York Hall
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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