Mason Events Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted: January 21, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: January 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

By Aisha Jamil

This year, University Life’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS) is organizing a series of events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision of equality in America.

Events for “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” include the annual Evening of Reflection on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

Earl Stafford, chairman and CEO of The Stafford Foundation and The Wentworth Group LLC, will be the keynote speaker. The Spirit of King Award will be presented to one student and one faculty or staff member who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of a multicultural campus community. The event is free and open to all and dinner will be served. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Other events are:

Saturday, Jan. 29, time and location TBD

Service Saturday: Doing Good Project

This provides an opportunity to participate with The Stafford Foundation’s Doing Good Project by helping package and prepare food for a Washington, D.C., food bank. Sponsored by Weekends at Mason.

Monday, Jan. 31, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Johnson Center Room B

“In His Shoes”

The Hispanic Student Association presents students with an opportunity to experience King’s impact on cultures throughout the world and learn from some of his most notable speeches.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Northern Neck

“MLK: Have We Realized His Dream or Romanticized Him?”

Facilitated by Rebecca A. Walter, associate director for the Multicultural Research and Resource Center, this discussion will explore King’s impact on society. Sponsored by the Multicultural Research and Resource Center.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 to 10 p.m., Johnson Center Room B

A  “Crash” Course on Achieving the Dream
Come watch, reflect and discuss the implications of the Oscar-winning film “Crash” with Mark Hopson, assistant professor in the Department of Communication.

For more information and updates on events, see the ODPS website.

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