Martin Luther King/Days of Dialogue Events Planned at UW
January 11, 2008 — The continuing impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and ideals will be noted Jan. 21–25 at the University of Wyoming.
The theme for the seventh annual Martin Luther King March and Days of Dialogue, "The Politics of Dialogue," reflects the importance -- and difficulty -- of honest, open communication in a pluralistic society, according to the organizing committee.
The week of special activities renews UW's commitment to make its campus a more welcoming and empowering place for people from different backgrounds, heritages, orientations or abilities, says MLK-DOD committee co-chair Malinda Daniel. Several UW organizations and Laramie businesses sponsor the week's activities.
Activities during the week will include the following:
Saturday, Jan. 19 -- Community service projects, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Laramie.
Monday, Jan. 21 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, community service projects, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Laramie; Martin Luther King Jr. March and Dr. Willena Stanford Community Supper, begins at the Albany County Courthouse and ends at the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom, 4–6:30 p.m. The 2008 Willena Stanford Diversity Award will be presented at the dinner.
Tuesday, Jan. 22 -- ECTL book discussion ("Teaching Defiance," by Michael Newman), noon–1:30, 307 Coe Library; performance by Day Acoli, Denver hip-hop poet, 6 p.m., Yellowstone Ballroom, Wyoming Union; "One Arab, One Jew, One Stage" comedy show, featuring stand-up comic duo Bob Alper and Azhar Usman, 8 p.m., Arts and Sciences Auditorium.
Wednesday, Jan. 23 -- "Food of Diversity" smorgasbord, featuring foods from around the world, 4-7 p.m., Washakie Dining Center; Kenyan artists, exhibition of African mud paintings from Kenya and Ghana, reception and gallery viewing with curator Godwill Mock, 5-7 p.m., Senate Chambers, Wyoming Union; keynote performance and book/poster signing by Saul Williams, New York spoken-word artist and author of the book "The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop," 7 p.m., Yellowstone Ballroom, Wyoming Union.
Thursday, Jan. 24 -- Keepers of the Fire Talking Circle, "Back to the ‘Hood: Can It Be Done After College?"; panel discussion and lunch, including guests Trivia Afraid of Lightning, student from Oglala Lakota College on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and Patterson Yazzie, communications specialist at American Indian College Fund, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Senate Chambers, Wyoming Union; "Don't Let Others Define You," presentation by Trivia Afraid of Lightning, 3-4 p.m., Yellowstone Ballroom, Wyoming Union; performance by Boston-based Soulfege, global urban fusion band, 8 p.m., Yellowstone Ballroom, Wyoming Union.
Friday, Jan. 25 -- Talk by Guy Padgett, youngest-ever mayor of Casper, and first openly gay mayor in Wyoming, 4 p.m., Wyoming Union Family Room; Dat Phan, original winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," 6 p.m., Arts & Sciences Auditorium; Poetry Slam, 9 p.m., King Street Market, Washakie Center.
Among other events are a book display at Coe Library, presentations sponsored by the College of Law and the President's Advisory Council on Minorities' and Women's Affairs (PACMWA), and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Art Show featuring art, poetry, and essays by K–12 students in Laramie.
Check the Web site at www.uwyo.edu/mlk for an updated, comprehensive listing of activities. Most events are free, and all are open to the public.
Saul Williams, New York spoken-word artist, author of the book The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop, and lead actor in the movie "Slam," will give a free performance followed by a book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, in the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom. (Photo courtesy Saul Williams)