Western Carolina University’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will begin Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, with its annual Unity March.
Those looking to participate are invited to attend a poster-making session that morning at 10 a.m. in the Hinds University Center multipurpose room. The Unity March, sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, will begin at 11 a.m. at the fountain in the center of campus.
Other MLK events during the month
Monday, Jan. 22
2:30 p.m. in the UC Theater – “Self-Care in Advocacy for Equity and Inclusion: Sustainable Models for Leaders.” This event will be hosted by Enrique Gomez, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics.
5:30 p.m. in the UC Raleigh room – “Civil Conversations Series: Social Equity” is a civil dialogue event with the topic of social equity. Participants will join in a moderated conversation with others with a variety of points of view. It is hosted by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
Tuesday, Jan. 23
11 a.m. – Tabling: “Women Behind the Movement,” hosted by Greek Student Engagement and Development, will take place near the fountain.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fountain – Tabling: Voter Registration, hosted by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
5:30 p.m. in the UC Grandroom – Leadership reception: David Walton, director of the Global Black Studies program, will host a keynote presentation titled “The Civil Rights Movement as a Youth Movement.”
Wednesday, Jan. 24
4 p.m. in the UC Theater – “Music Behind the Movement” hosted by WCU’s Inspirational Gospel Choir
Thursday, Jan. 25
Time TBA, in UC Cherokee room – The Global Black Studies program, Inspirational Gospel Choir, and Sigma Gamma Rho sorority will host “A Seat at the Table.” This will be a round-table discussion on what it means for all voices to be heard and how to take up space at the table. Student leaders will host a space where all students can have an open discussion about topics of equity, inclusion and leadership on the WCU campus. Food will be provided.
Friday, Jan. 26
2-4 p.m. – Civic Engagement: Scotts Creek Community Cleanup. In partnership with the Jackson County NAACP and Liberty Baptist Church, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning will host a MLK Day of Service beginning at 2 p.m. Volunteers will participate in a Scott’s Creek area cleanup in a historic black neighborhood. Transportation will be provided.
6 p.m. & 9 p.m. in the UC Theater – Movie Night, hosted by Last Minute Productions. The movie will be announced later.
For up-to-date information on MLK events at Western Carolina University, visit www.mlkjr.wcu.edu.