Whitman will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a week of activies aimed at the campus and community. Events range from the new pilot teaching program Whitman Teaches the Movement to a lecture by civil rights leader Samuel B. McKinney, a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The traditional candlelight peace march from campus to downtown Walla Walla and back on Jan. 16 will conclude at the Glover Alston Center for a reception featuring live music by Three Strikes Trio. Refreshments will be provided.
The schedule for the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2012 is as follows.
Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Candlelight March
5:45 p.m. – Meet in the Reid Campus Center foyer for a candlelight peace march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with The Testostertones, Whitman College’s premier men’s a cappella ensemble. The march will start from Reid Campus Center and continue to downtown Walla Walla before ending at the Glover Alston Center.
6:30 p.m. – Meet at the Glover Alston Center, 26 Boyer Avenue, for the post-march reception. Live music by Three Strikes Trio. Refreshments will be provided.
Jan. 18: BSU Civil Rights Panel
7:00 p.m. – Whitman's Black Student Union hosts a panel on the Civil Rights Movement today, moderated by Nina Lerman, associate professor of history. Audience Q&A to follow.
Jan. 19: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.
7:00 p.m. – Samuel B. McKinney, civil rights leader and friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks about his experience in the movement. McKinney served as pastor of Seattle's Mount Zion Baptist Chruch from 1958 to 1998 and participated in marches from Seattle to Selma. In 1961, he convinced King to come to Seattle, his only visit to the city.
Jan. 19-20: Whitman Teaches the Movement
In partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Whitman students will teach a civil rights curriculum in Walla Walla Public School classrooms.