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Martin Luther King Jr. Events Begin Monday at UW

January 28, 2016

The annual Willena Stanford Community Supper and march open this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD) celebration Monday, Feb. 1, at the University of Wyoming.

The program will take place at 6 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom with the committee’s co-chairs, Ryan Dinneen O’Neil and Macki Snyder, along with UW Vice President for Academic Affairs David Jones giving opening remarks. A rally and march is planned at 5 p.m. beginning in the Wyoming Union skylight lounge.

MLK DOD events are scheduled throughout the week of Feb. 1-6 -- later dates than in previous years. Events each year are offered to raise awareness of diversity issues, build a sense of community and celebrate diversity.

UW community members honor the continuing impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his life and ideals through this celebration. This year's MLK DOD theme, “Untold Stories, Unheard Voices,” recognizes “the importance of dialogue that gives voices to marginalized communities,” Dinneen O'Neil and Snyder say.

Many of the programs fit into this year’s theme, the co-chairs add.

Programs will include: “A Troubled Hypothesis: The Myth of Diversity in STEM”; “When Oppression Turns to Depression: Exploring the Intersections Between Mental Health and Social Oppression”; “All People are Mortal: Examining Power and Privilege in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice”; and “Unheard Voices in Faith Communities.”

Other activities during the week include a coffee hour to discuss topical issues; a book discussion Wednesday, Feb. 3, at noon in Room 506 of Coe Library; the MLK DOD keynote address Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom; and a film, “Straight Outta Compton,” sponsored by Friday Night Fever, will be in the Wyoming Union Family Room at 5:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Feb. 5. A panel discussion will follow the 5:30 p.m. screening; and, also that night, slam poet J Mase III will perform at 9 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

The week concludes Saturday, Feb. 6, with a day of service that begins at 1 p.m. and ends with a diversity ball at 6 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

To view the entire week’s events with more details, including the keynote speaker’s information, visit the MLK DOD website at

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