Public Invited to Pacific University’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 19

Pacific University invites the public to join its students, faculty and staff in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19. The annual celebration begins with an interfaith service led by university chaplain Rev. Chuck Currie inside Old College Hall at 9:30 a.m. A commemorative march led by the Roots & Shoots Peace Doves will follow at 11:15 and start at Rogers Park near the intersection of Douglas Street and 17th Ave. Transportation from Old College Hall to Rogers Park will be provided with van boarding available at 10:30.

The event continues at noon in the University Center with performing arts by local groups, remarks by Forest Grove mayor Pete Truax and the keynote address from state representative Lew Frederick, who will discuss the event’s 2015 theme, "Unfulfilled Dreams." Other activities available for both children and adults include opportunities to construct paper peace cranes, donate books and magazines for local charities and make bookmarks for a literacy boost program benefiting children in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Lunch consisting of a special menu will be available at the conclusion of the program.

Pacific University’s annual MLK celebration is a collaborative effort of local community members and the university’s Office of Diversity, Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation and centers for Civic Engagement and Peace & Spirituality. For more information, please call 503-352-1457.

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015