Multicultural Affairs

Willamette University

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Changing the Colors of Sustainability

Monday, January 17, 2011
10:00 am - 2:00 pmWillamette University Honors Dr. King on the National Holiday
Putnam University Center
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,” pick up tickets for Friday evening’s event and celebrate with birthday cake.
11:30 am - 1:00pm / 5:00 pm - 6:30 pmWillamette University Honors Dr. King on the National Holiday
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,” pick up tickets for Friday evening’s event and celebrate with birthday cake.
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00pm & 5:00 pm - 7:00pmWillamette University Pledge
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Gallery

Ends Monday, January 24

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.

It is estimated that 10,500 children in Marion Polk County are eating out of emergency food box every month. (Harvester Winter 2010, vol. 22 #4, Marion Polk Food Share) These children are “at risk for developmental and academic problems, frequent illness and poor nutrition, resulting in [children being] underweight and paradoxically, overweight.” (Childhood Hunger Coalition Statewide Provider Survey Report Spring 2010)

The ability to eat well and the choice of healthy food is a privilege not everyone has. Here is how you can help. The MLK Food Drive is collecting donations between Monday January 17th and the 25th.  Please bring your donation of tuna, and canned fruit or vegetables to one of the food donation barrels located across campus.

  • The Bistro
  • The University Center 2nd Floor in front of the CAT
  • Goudy
  • The Hatfield Library
  • Sparks
  • Kaneko Commons
  • The Law School
  • The Mary Stuart Rogers Building
  • Ford Hall
  • Smullin
  • Montag
  • Atkinson
7:00 pmWillamette University and Salem Community Event “Race, Waste, and Sustainability: From Common Origins to Our Common Future”
Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center

RobinFeaturing Willamette University Law Professor Robin Morris Collin

The struggle for civil rights, equal treatment and equal opportunity are at the very core of the challenges of sustainability. The damage that industrialized development has done to our ecosystems, and to biodiversity are alarmingly cataloged by science. But the damage that the same forces did to vulnerable people, poor people, women and children (even privileged women and children) and to people of color is politically marginalized in contemporary discussions of sustainability. There is a color line between the movement for sustainability and environmental justice and social justice -- but it's not green. These struggles are inextricably linked. This talk will be about the nature of winning our mutual struggles from their common origins to their common future.

7:00 pm“I Dream A World, Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America: Angela Davis” presented by the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers.
Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Jean-Moule

Portrayed by Jean Moule; Associate Professor at Oregon State University’s College of Education

The Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers mission is to recognize and commemorate the contributions of pioneering African-Americans in the historical development of Oregon and Washington.

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, Mano a Mano and CAUSA

Tuesday January 18, 2011
11:30 am“Dreaming Together. Dreaming Tomorrow”
Art Wall outside Bistro, Putnam University Center
WU will explore the power of mural painting and artistic expression as tools to combating racial inequities and injustices through painting the Art Wall located outside of the Bistro.
Wednesday January 19, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm“Creating Our Soundtrack from LA”
CAT Cavern, Putnam University Center 2nd floor
Space will be created in which through stories, music, poetry and other forms of expression, we will be able to reflect on experiences working against societal inequities.
Thursday January 20, 2011
11:30 am - 12:30 pmConvocation
Cone Chapel: Waller Hall
Speaker TBA
7:00 pmGood Sista / Bad Sista
CAT Cavern, Putnam University Center 2nd floor
DuoThese 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.
Friday, January 21, 2011
12:30 pm - 5:00 pmInto the Streets: Community Service in Salem
CAT Cavern, Putnam University Center 2nd floor

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 include the Marion Polk Food Share, CAUSA, Colonia Libertad, Easter Seals Children's Therapy Center, and Willamette Family Medical Center.

For questions and sign up email Matt Pitchford, (503) 370-6807.
Co-sponsored by WU’s Office of Community Outreach Programs

7:30 pm (Doors open at 7pm)"Changing the Colors of Sustainability” Angela Davis
Smith Auditorium

DavisAuthor. Educator. Activist. Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality.

She is a political activist, educator and author. Davis was active during the late 1960s through the 1970s and was associated with the Communist Party USA, the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party.

She has spent the last fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is Professor of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D program, and Professor of Feminist Studies.

In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment.

Tickets available at the Info Desk of the Putnam University Center for WU Faculty, Staff and Students beginning January 17, 2011.
First ticket is free. Each additional (up to 4 total) are $5.  WU ID required. WU ID required.

Tickets for the General Public are 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 22, 2011
9:00 am4th Annual Stride Toward Freedom 5k Run/1 Mile 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 Active.com. Day of race registration begins at 8am. For more information call (503) 370-6265.
Monday January 24, 2011
7:00 pmExpression of Justice: Open Mic
The Bistro, Putnam University Center
Willamette community voices break the silence as they reflect on experiences at Willamette and beyond through poetry, music, and other creative expressions.
Tuesday January 25 – Thursday January 27, 2011
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, & 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmTunnel of Oppression
Montag Den

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 Islamophobia, Sizism and Sexual 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.

Wednesday January 26, 2011
7pmEducation: Have we Realized the Dream? (featuring Willamette Academy)
Salem Public Library: Loucks Auditorium

This event will feature community leaders and voices from Salem-Keizer youth as they reflect and share their perspectives on the history, progress, and current state of equity in the education system.

Panelists:

Eduardo Angulo
Executive Director, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality

Benny Williams
President, Salem Chapter of NAACP

Professor Jean Moule
Associate Professor, Oregon State University College of Education

Thursday January 27, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm“The Remix: Building Actions of Justice”
CAT Cavern, Putnam University Center 2nd floor

Guests from Salem and surrounding areas will share the work they do and the ways in which we can all begin or continue to work towards equity in our communities.

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



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