Multicultural Affairs

Willamette University

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr. Willamette University’s MLK Celebration Stride Toward Freedom 5k Run/Walk

  • Brown Field
  • 9:00 am
  • Cost: $15 (includes t-shirt and snacks)

Proceeds to benefit Fabric of Cultures: Performance & Lecture Series for the Salem Multicultural Institute Online registration available through Active.com


Monday January 21, 2008

Into the Streets: Community Service in Salem

  • Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center
  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm

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 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. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to attend.

Sites will include: Deepwood Estate, Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, Jason Lee Manor United Methodist Retirement Center, Oregon Peace Works, Family Building Blocks, Bush House Museum, HOST Transitional Living, Catholic Community Services, Willamette Valley Hospice, Douglas McKay High School, Marion Polk Community Garden, Easter Seals Disability Services, Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Grant Community School, and Judson Middle School.

Sign up at: http://www.1-800-volunteer.org/1800Vol/VolunteerandMentorCenter /viewEventDetails.do?eventId=13641
This URL will take you to a listing of each event. Click on the desired event, create a brief user account with our partner organization Give Back Today, and register!

For more information, contact Amy Johnson: adjohnso@willamette.edu, (510) 323-6257

Rev. Jamie Washington“Our Work for the Next 40 Years: Realizing the Dream 2048”

  • Salem Community Event
  • Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
  • 7:00 pm

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will challenge us not to forget the lessons learned over the 40 years as we move into a time where access to information has increased but access to the human spirit has decreased. How do we insure that we keep moving forward in positive ways and not regress?


Tuesday January 22, 2008

Civil Rights Film Series: Strange Fruit

  • Montag Den
  • 7:00 pm

The film tells a dramatic story of America’s past by using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. The saga brings us face-to-face with the terror of lynching as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk ostracism and livelihood if white - and death if black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labor, the Left and popular culture that would give rise to the civil rights movement.


Wednesday January 23, 2008

Civil Rights Film Series: The Beloved Community

  • Montag Den
  • 7:00 pm

In the summer of 2004, Canadian health researchers made a startling discovery in the Chippewa birth records for the city of Sarnia, an hour north of Detroit—for the past decade, girl babies had been outnumbering boys at a rate of 2:1. Further investigation revealed large numbers of miscarriages,

The Beloved Community looks at a Great Lakes oil town facing a toxic legacy head-on. The nerve center of Canada’s petrochemical industry, Sarnia once enjoyed the highest standard living in the country—but now the bill has come due, in compromised environmental and community health.

Discussion following with Robin Morris Collins, Professor of Law- Willamette University College of Law.


Thursday January 24, 2008

University Convocation

Film - “Spirit to Spirit: Nikki Giovanni”

  • Cone Chapel
  • 11:30 am - 12:30pm

Once crowned “The Princess of Black Poetry,” the prolific and political Nikki Giovanni has become one of America’s most popular poets. The film highlights the life and work of a poet whose verse appeals to everyone interested in poetry and modern American life. This lyrical and visually provocative film details the poet’s coming-of-age against the background of her times: the Civil Rights struggle, Vietnam, and the Women’s Movement. In this dynamic portrait, selected readings by Giovanni reveal the values and personal history which have deeply influenced her poetry.

Civil Rights Film Series: Coffee Date

  • Montag Den
  • 7:00 pm

Coffee Date, A celebration of LGBT rights, this movie explores gay stereotypes and brings comedy to take on the challenging task of raising awareness.

Discussion following with representative from Basic Rights Oregon


Nikki GiovanniFriday January 25, 2008

“Truth is on its Way”

Nikki Giovanni with Rainbow Dance Theatre

  • Smith Auditorium
  • 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7pm)

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.

The author of some 30 books for both adults and children, Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Rainbow Dance Theatre is directed by internationally renowned dancer-choreographers Valerie Bergman and Darryl Thomas. Its name highlights its roots in Hawaii, the “land of rainbows”, as well as the ethnic diversity of its company members and the diverse cultural influences in the choreography performed by the Company. The Company celebrates this diversity as well as state-of-the-art technology in dance theatre performance with its virtuosic style that fuses West African Dance, Haitian Dance, Hip Hop, Martial Arts and American Modern Dance with computer animation and aerial choreography.

Tickets available for the General Public at the Putnam University Center Information Desk beginning at 9am on January 21, 2008 Tickets are $5 each (up to 4 total).