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Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Willamette University Honors Dr. King on the National Holiday

10:00am-2:00pm: University Center
11:30am-1:00pm / 5:00-6:30pm: Goudy Dining Commons

Celebrate Dr. King’s national holiday and birthday. Information available about the week’s events and the life of Dr. King, signup for “Into the Streets: Community Service”, pickup tickets for Friday evening’s event and celebrate with birthday cake.

Willamette University Pledge

Mary Stuart Rogers Music Gallery
Monday - Friday 11:00am-4:00pm
Ends Monday, January 25

Celebrate Dr. King’s national holiday and birthday with an opportunity to show your support by signing the Willamette University Pledge. This pledge encourages people to make a personal commitment to adhere to a common belief that all individuals, including those in the majority and those in the minority, are valued. Sign the pledge and take the Pledge Walk, a self-reflection activity about our lives and how we fit into the fabric of our community.

Willamette University and Salem Community Event
“I Dream A World, Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America”

Hudson Hall- Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
7:00 pm

The Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, whose mission is to recognize and commemorate the contributions of pioneering African-Americans in the historical development of Oregon and Washington, are publishing a history of African American women in Marion and Polk counties from the settlement period to the present. The book, due out in early 2010, will include a supplement with study guides for teachers to use in the classroom. Two excerpts will be presented from the book, giving a glimpse into the life histories of two women who helped change America. Discussion with performers and community members partnering to create the Oregon African American Museum will follow the performances. DVD’s of the original performance will be available for purchase.

Co-sponsored by the Salem’s Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission, YWCA Racial Justice and Cultural Diversity Conference, Salem Multicultural Institute, One Community Initiative, NAACP, Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem Health, Jobs with Justice, CAUSA, and Mano a Mano

Tuesday January 19, 2010

Good Sista / Bad Sista

Putnam University Center CAT Cavern
7:00 PM

Good Sista / Bad Sista

These two phenomenal women (w)right and re(in)cite powerful, provocative, and political performance poetry with attitude. Turiya Autry and Walidah Imarisha teach in elementary, middle and high schools, in juvenile detention facilities and in prisons, as well as at Portland State University’s Black Studies Department. The duo has toured nationally and internationally and has been featured on OPB, The Travel Channel and in the documentary “Small City, Big Hip Hop”. Co-authors of two combat ready chapbooks, their work also appears in the anthology Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution as well as Quotable Rebel. 

In the service of soul sister security of the first, second and third worlds, these poetic provocateurs borrow ball points, pilfer paper, and liberate language to manufacture mind bombs and lob them on unsuspecting audiences.

Co-Sponsored by Willamette Events Board (WEB) Awareness, Discussion and Dialogue

Wednesday January 20, 2010

Film: “The Ku Klux Klan in Oregon 1920-1923”

Salem Public Library (Loucks Auditorium), 585 Liberty St. SE
7:00 –9:00 PM

Showing of film (2009), followed by Panel Discussion: Filmographer Thomas, Salem Historian John Ritter, Salem community member’s Willie Richardson & Benny Williams. Co-sponsored by the Willamette University’s MLK Celebration Committee and College of Law; and the Salem Human Rights & Relations Advisory Commission.

WU - Meet Ben Clanton in the UC (1st floor) at 6:30pm and walk to event.

Thursday January 21, 2010

Convocation: Jennifer Lanier - "None of the Above"

Cone Chapel: Waller Hall
11:30am - 12:30pm

Named as one of "America's Funniest Lesbians" by Curve Magazine, Jennifer Lanier promises to deliver lots of laughs as she discusses the beauty and challenges of life. "None of the Above", Jennifer's original, one woman show, tackles important and relevant issues, including gender and racial identity, coming of age crises, and family dynamics head-on.

Reflections on Justice

Bistro - University Center

Willamette community voices break the silence as they reflect on experiences at Willamette and beyond through poetry, music, and other creative expressions.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Into the Streets: Community Service in Salem

Putnam University Center, CAT Cavern
12:30pm - 5:00pm
Signup for Luncheon and Service Required

WU ID Required

In 1994 President Clinton signed the Dr. King National Holiday and Service Act, establishing the King holiday as a national day of service. Into the Streets is a program that provides multiple service opportunities throughout Salem in an effort for members of the Willamette community to actively serve together and learn through action.

The Into the Streets event will begin with a luncheon featuring discussion by a panel of several community organization representatives. This educational component will serve as a backdrop to the service event, which will follow the luncheon. Service sites will include locations such as Union Gospel Mission, Mission Mill, Easter Seals Children’s Therapy Center, Deepwood Estates, and United Methodist Retirement Center.

For questions and sign up email Ben Clanton <bclanton> or Matt Pitchford <mpitchfo>, (503) 370-6807

The Blind Boys of Alabama (EVENT SOLD OUT)

Smith Auditorium
(Doors open at 7pm)

The Blind Boys of Alabama are worldwide legends of gospel music who have been honored with five Grammy Awards and celebrated by the Grammys and the National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Blind Boys have earned praise for their interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material, and they have brought gospel to the mainstream by embracing rock, reggae, blues, country and other popular genres while collaborating with artists like Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt and Randy Travis. Opening will be Up Top, WU’s a capella group.


Tickets for WU Faculty, Staff and Students will be available at the Putnam University Center, 2nd floor beginning January 18, 2009, 8am - 5pm. First ticket is free, second is $5 (2 ticket limit). WU ID required.

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Tickets for the General Public are $25 in advance, $27 at the door (limited tickets available)
Available at:; Salem Multicultural Institute, (503) 581-2004; and Oregon African American Museum, (503) 540-4063

Proceeds benefit World Beat and the Oregon African American Museum.
Contact (503) 370-6265 for ticket information.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

3rd Annual Stride Toward Freedom 5k Run/Walk

Brown Field (adjacent to Putnam University Center)

Come celebrate the life and spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with this annual fundraiser! Entry fee includes t-shirt and post-race snacks. Proceeds to benefit the Salem Multicultural Institute.

Cost: $15 pre-register, $20 day of race. Registration available at the Putnam University Information Desk and at Day of race registration begins at 8am. For more information call (503) 370-6265.

Monday January 25, 2010

Mark Gonzales and SKIM – “We Made America”

Hudson Hall- Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
7:00 PM

We Made America...from indigenous to indigo...and everything in between. Def poet Mark Gonzales and hip hop artists SKIM draw on their own experiences as indigenous and immigrant, Chican@ and Korean to give voice to the experiences of those silenced and made invisible in the retelling of the what made America what it is today.

Experience the blending of spoken word, beats, rhymes, and music in this interactive performance that leaves us asking how we might carve new possibilities and hope within the chaos.

SkimSKIM is one of the most unique voices to emerge from the underground Hip Hop scene within the last decade. She convinces your ears to listen, your body to dance, and your heart to open. She captivates her audience with raw honesty. SKIM is a bridge between man and woman, native and immigrant, rich and poor, love and war. She mingles spoken word, guitar, cultural drums and soulful vocals that culminate into an unforgettable performance.

Mark Gonzales

Def poet, educator, and organizer Mark Gonzales has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry, Fox News, Mun2, NPR, and shared stages with literary, Hip Hop, and academic icons across the globe. The depth of his work can be seen in the diversity of his audience, as he has received acclaims from educators, senators, foster youth, former prisoners, and members of the United Nations. He continues to spark dialogue among diverse audiences to examine and unearth what is real versus what is perceived in our sentiments about difference.

Tuesday January 26 – Thursday January 28, 2010

Tunnel of Oppression

Montag Den
11 am-1 pm, 3-5 pm, and 7-10 pm

Participate in this multi-media, multi-sensory display which gives voice to sites and stories of oppression and injustice facing our lives, communities and world today. This year’s Tunnel will engage with issues of oppression and injustice within US Imperialism, Immigration, Trans-Racial Adoption, and Higher Education. Participants will be given the opportunity to reflect on our own implications within the systems that produce inequality and be compelled to take informed action.

For more information on any of these events, call (503) 370-6265.

Willamette University

Office of Multicultural Affairs

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

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