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January 5, 2011

Events celebrating work of Martin Luther King planned

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Honoring Dr. King

  • Service Opportunities Fair, 3-5 p.m., Jan. 11.
  • Julian Bond and Gregory Hicks on King’s life, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13.
  • Understanding the past…to keep the dream alive! in the Health Sciences lobby, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 13.
  • MLK Day Unity Breakfast at UW Tacoma, Jan. 17.


Several events at the UW will celebrate the work of Martin Luther King Jr. in coming days.

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center will hold a Service Opportunities Fair from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Mary Gates Commons for any in the UW community who wish to spend Monday, Jan. 17, helping others, as Dr. King would have wanted.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is Jan. 17, 2011.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is Jan. 17, 2011.

Bond is a former chairman of the board of the NAACP, a National Freedom Award winner, and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, D.C., and a history professor at the University of Virginia, where he is co-director of Explorations in Black Leadership.

Hicks has been a professor on the UW law school faculty since 1984, teaching courses in property, water law, and public land and natural resources law. Hicks has participated on governmental advisory and oversight panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Water Law Advisory Panel of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

The discussion will be held in room 138 of William H. Gates Hall. It is free but registration is required by Jan. 10.

UW Medical Center and Health Sciences Administration also have scheduled events to honor Dr. King and his legacy. There will be a tribute titled Understanding the past…to keep the dream alive! from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the UW Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Lobby.

The program will be hosted by Stephen P. Zieniewicz, executive director of UWMC, and UW President Phyllis Wise will make brief remarks. The keynote speaker will be Joy-Ann Williamson-Lott, associate professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the UW School of Education. The student speaker will be Robert G. Jones, a second-year medical student in the UW School of Medicine.

A Distinguished Service Award will go to Jourdan Keith. Community Volunteer Recognition Awards will be given to:  Francis Rainier Achacoso, School of Nursing; Paul Algeo, School of Pharmacy; Dr. Beatrice Gandara, School of Dentistry; Luis Manriquez, School of Medicine; Juanita Ricks, School of Social Work; Andy Stergachis, School of Public Health and Gwen Thomas of UW Medical Center.

Entertainment will be by the Eckstein Middle School Jazz Band, Northwest Tap Connections and Pete Eveland — the School of Medicine’s associate dean for student affairs — on the piano.

On Jan. 17, the fifth annual Martin Luther King Day Unity Breakfast will be held at UW Tacoma. The breakfast, which will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in William Philip Hall, commemorates the life and legacy of King.

Michael Honey, UW Tacoma history professor and author, will address Kings full life. Honey is the author of Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers (1993), Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle (1999); Going Down the Memphis Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther Kings Last Campaign (2007) and All Labor Has Dignity (2011).

Lawrence Carter, religion professor and dean of the chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., will speak about his relationship with Martin Luther King Jr. and the peace-making legacy left by King. Carter will bring an exhibit on King and two other peacemakers that will be housed on the UW Tacoma campus from Jan. 18-22.

After the Unity Breakfast, celebrants can take the Link light rail to the Tacoma Dome for the City of Tacomas Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration at 11 a.m., and the Ghandi-King-Ikeda Exhibit.

To attend the breakfast, RSVP by phone at 253-692-4776 or 253-692-4681 or online. All reservations made by telephone or online will require cash payment at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students with school ID, and $5 for children under age 10. For more information, contact Sharon Parker at 253-692-4681 or e-mail parker07@uw.edu.

The UW Carlson Center, which has for the past five years coordinated service projects for the King holiday, is shifting its role away from such projects and training leaders, but will continue to list service projects through the United Way of King County. You can sign up to be a project leader or work a volunteer on Dr. Kings birthday and beyond.