MLK Monday

Jan. 18, 2013

Pacific University hosts community celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

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Classes will be canceled and many offices closed, but that doesn’t mean Monday will be quiet at Pacific University.

Monday, Jan. 18 marks the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Pacific will join the Forest Grove community in hosting its annual celebration.

The activities begin at 9 a.m., with the opportunity to gather in the UC and watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama to his second term in office. There will be coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available, and all are welcome.

Shortly thereafter, participants will begin gathering for the commemorative community march. The local chapter of Roots and Shoots and its famed Peace Doves will be part of the march — the doves are made of recycled chicken wire covers and bamboo. Participants gather on the steps of Marsh Hall around 10:45, and the march begins at 11 a.m.

It’s only about 30 minutes, then refreshments, more hot beverages, and pies — from Pies for Peace, which raises funds for MercyCorps — will be available. All march participants get a free slice, courtesy of the Pacific University Office of Diversity, and additional pies will be available to purchase.

At noon, the program begins, featuring Forest Grove mayor Pete Truax (a Pacific alumnus). Margaret Carter — the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Legislature — will speak, and Portland native Saeeda Wright will provide music.

Pacific student volunteers, joined by Roots and Shoots members, will offer a session for children and others to make origami peace cranes, as well.

The whole community is welcome.