On Monday, Jan. 20, 1986, the United States observed the first national holiday honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we prepare to commemorate the 30th anniversary of this auspicious celebration, we do so with a keen awareness of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the knowledge that 2016 is also an election year. The combined significance of these important occasions allows us to address various social justice issues in a manner that is both relevant and timely to our students, campus and local community.
Western suspended classes Monday, Jan. 18, for a University-wide, full-day observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In annual tradition, the Multicultural Center’s Black Student Alliance at Western is celebrating Dr. King’s life, accomplishments and rippling effects through communities throughout the world with a gathering on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. In the University Center South Ballroom. Students will be performing two songs dedicated to Dr. King, reading poetry, and giving a presentation about Dr. King’s life and accomplishments. Light refreshments will be served.