Public Invited to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. With Pacific University on Monday, Jan. 20

The public is invited to join Pacific University and other local organizations in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20. 

All are invited to join Pacific students, faculty, staff and Roots & Shoots at 11 a.m. for a commemorative community march that willbegin at the Forest Grove School District administrative building on Main Street and proceed to Marsh Hall on the university campus. 

An audio recording of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech will be played over loud speakers on a truck leading the march. Root & Shoots peace cranes will also be part of the march. 

At noon, a program emceed by Forest Grove mayor and Pacific alumnus Pete Truax will commence in the University Center. Musical performances by Pacific University ensembles will precede a panel discussion titled "Living King's Words: Reflections on Serving by Student and Community Leaders." 

Bevin McCarthy of the university's Center for Civic Engagement will lead the panel that will feature Alex Hatch of the Pacific chapter of the College Democrats, Patrice Fuller of the university's Black Student Union, Roots & Shoots director Charlie Graham, Monique Slusher of Pacific University's Rainbow Coalition and Mia Prohaska of PUMP It Up. 

Following the discussion, an excerpt of Dr. King's "The Drum Major Instinct" Sermon will be read by Pacific director of student academic inclusion Yashica Island. 

The annual celebration will once again conclude with Pacific pianist Ingrid Unterseher playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” followed by pie and fellowship. 

Pies for Peace, a local organization dedicated to helping veterans of the recent war in Iraq, will serve slices of pie to attendees, compliments of the university. Roots & Shoots will have an activities table for children to color and make their own paper peace cranes. 

For more information, please call the Pacific University Office of Diversity at 503-352-1457.

Jan. 17, 2014