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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Days of Dialogue

FEBRUARY 4 - FEBRUARY 9, 2019  

Welcome to the 15th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Dialogue at the University of Wyoming!

Through this annual week of programming, UW celebrates the continuing impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and  ideals . The Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD) tradition is intended to expand institutional awareness about issues of diversity and social justice, to foster an inclusive community, and to empower individuals to act in solidarity with marginalized communities.

The Days of Dialogue serve as a renewal of UW’s commitment to making  campus  a more welcomin g and empowering place for people from different backgrounds, heritages, orientations, abilities, and perspectives.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are invited to participate in MLK DOD events. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

FEB

3rd

 

March & Rally Open Poster Making Session


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

7th Street Studio

710 Garfield S, Laramie, Wyoming 82070
Get creative in community with the Wyoming Art Party ; prepare a poster for Monday's March & Rally event. Supplies provided.

FEB

4th

 

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March and Rally

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Washakie Dining Center

1000 E University Ave, Laramie, Wyoming 82072
**March will begin on the North Side of Washakie Center with a stop at the Albany County Courthouse before returning to campus. ASL interpreters will be present for the duration of the event.**

The MLK, Jr. March is a key tradition for the UW/Laramie community. The march commemorates the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the legacy of Dr. King. Just as the March on Washington was a collaborative effort lead by major civil rights groups and icons of the day, the MLK March is a gathering of community members who march with messages designed to shed light on the political and social issues that challenge our nation today.

FEB

4th

 

MLK Community Supper and Willena Stanford Diversity Awards

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wyoming Union Ballroom

The Willena Stanford Community Supper immediately follows the MLK March and Rally in the Wyoming Union Ballroom. The event is held in honor of Dr. Willena Stanford, a former UW instructor in African American and Diaspora Studies who had a strong commitment to the equal educational opportunity of all students at UW. Join us to honor UW students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity as we kick off a week focused on recognizing the importance of actively eradicating injustice in our local and global communities.

FEB

5th

 

ECTL Book Discussion: Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 3334, Coe Library Rm 510
Discuss "Not That Bad" by Roxane Gay with facilitators Dr. Allison Harkin and Dr. Jacquelyn Bridgeman.

FEB

5th

 

Community Healing Practices

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

University of Wyoming Art Museum

2111 E. Willett Dr., Laramie, Wyoming 82071
Panel discussion and sound bath based on healing trauma through art, yoga, and sound therapy.

FEB

6th

 

Eat and Greet w/ Kai Davis

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Wyoming Union 103

Stop by the MRC to meet the 2019 MLK-DOD Keynote Kai Davis and new Multicultural Affairs Staff. Free lunch provided.

FEB

6th

 

Dialogue Dinner

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Washakie Dining Center

1000 E University Ave, Laramie, Wyoming 82072
The Dialogue Dinner will encourage students to engage in meaningful dialogue surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion. Using current events and engaging topics, students will have the opportunity to voice their opinion, share ideas, and consider what the future might look like here at the University of Wyoming and beyond. This event is being facilitated by Resident Assistants and Residence Coordinators. Students who attend are eligible to win door prizes and will be offered a special dessert created just for this event.

FEB

6th

 

Community T-Shirt Making Party

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

7th Street Studio

710 Garfield S, Laramie, Wyoming 82070
Join the Wyoming Art Party for an exciting creative experience at the 7th Street Studio. Bring a t-shirt or piece of fabric to print on! A limited number of new t-shirts will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Join us after at Coal Creek Coffee Company Downtown for a limited number of complimentary gift cards.

FEB

6th

 

Community Open Mic Night at Coal Creek

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Coal Creek Coffee Company

110 East Grand Ave or 2317 E Grand Ave
Following the Wyoming Art Party Printmaking Event, grab a drink or show off your talent at Coal Creek Downtown during this collaborative community Open Mic. Coal Creek gift cards will be shared with a limited number of MLK-DOD participants in attendance.

FEB

7th

 

Lunch with Miss Iraq Sarah Idan

12:15PM

Wyoming Union Ballroom

The first Iraqi contestant in almost fifty years, Sarah Idan became a global sensation at the Miss Universe Contest after posting a selfie with Miss Israel on Instagram with the caption “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel.” The post provoked a vicious backlash throughout the Arab world and went viral all over the world. Sarah received dozens of death threats, including from Hamas, and her family were forced to flee Iraq. Under immense pressure to delete the post and condemn Israel, Sarah took a courageous stand for peace and refused. Sarah later visited Israel for the first time to be reunited with her friend Miss Israel at the AJC Global Forum. Remarkably, Sarah has since founded Humanity Forward, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing Muslims and Jews together, and promoting women’s rights in the Middle East. A singer-songwriter and Arab network TV show host based in Los Angeles, Sarah was born in Baghdad to a family of conservative tribal leaders. After the fall of Saddam, Shia militias seized control of their village and the family fled as refugees to Syria. Sarah returned to Iraq as a US military interpreter in the deadly Green Zone, witnessing car bombs, sniper attacks and suicide bombings In recognition of her incredible bravery, from Germany’s largest publisher. Her story captivates audiences and her heartfelt message of hope uplifts and inspires.

FEB

7th

 

Kai Davis Keynote Performance

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wyoming Union Ballroom

Kai Davis is a writer, performer and teaching artist from Philadelphia. In 2016 she received her Bachelors in both African American Studies and English. Between 2012 and 2016 Kai Davis was the Artistic Director of The Babel Poetry Collective. She has performed for TEDx Philly, CNN, BET, PBS, and NPR, among others. She is a two-time international grand slam champion, winning Brave New Voices in 2011 and The College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016. She is a 2017 Leeway Transformation Award Recipient. As a Queer Woman of Color, much of Kai's work deals with the topics of race, gender, power, sexuality and its many layers. She aims to explore how it affects who we are, who we will become, and how we love.

FEB

7th

 

Studio WYO Hip Hop Night

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Gardens

Laramie, Wyoming 82072
Join us for a Studio WYO showcase of local and regional hip-hop artists at The Gardens!

FEB

8th

Black History Conference

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

UW Law School

African American and Diaspora Studies presents the Black History Conference: Generational perspectives. Join us in a day full of masterful speakers, wonderful presentations, and lunch! Wyoming African Student Association will start the days' events with a drumming performance at 8 AM being followed by a multitude of speakers. Lunch will be served at 12 pm. See the yellow BHM posters for the entire day's schedule.

FEB

8th

The Hate U Give

6:30 PM – 11:30 PM

7220 Entertainment

1000 E University Ave, Laramie, Wyoming 82071

The Hate U Give, will be playing in the Union Family Room on Friday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary soda and popcorn for the first 30 attendees. The Hate U Give is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 2 hours and 13 minutes.

The Hate U Give is playing as a part of the 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue scheduled for Feb. 4th-Feb 8. MLK DOD is meant to commemorate the ideals and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

FEB

9th

 

2019 Diversity Ball

8:00 PM

Wyoming Union Ballroom 

Annual dance hosted by ASUW's United Multicultural Council.

 

Contact Us

MLK DOD Steering Committee
Email:   mlkdod@uwyo.edu

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