CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a two-week celebration including more than 25 events and activities from Jan. 11-25.

Activities are open to the public and most are free. OSU will cancel classes on Monday, Jan. 21, to allow students, faculty and staff to join the 20th annual Peace Breakfast, which starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Advance ticket purchase is advised. Tickets, available at the MU business office, are $9.95 each, or $7.95 for students. Call 541-737-2416 for information.

The OSU Readers Theater will be featured at the breakfast.

Also scheduled on Jan. 21 is a candlelight walk and vigil. The walk will start at 6 p.m. at the OSU Black Cultural Center at 25th Street and Monroe Avenue with the procession ending in a vigil at the Memorial Union north steps. Participants should bring their own candles. Following the vigil will be a discussion in the MU. Other activities include:

  • Ongoing

    All Day: "One Humanity," an exhibition of works in the Memorial Union Concourse by professional African American artists and artists of other cultural backgrounds. Also displayed are works by children from throughout Oregon. Exhibit continues through March 2.

    All Day: "Sign the Pledge," supporters are asked to sign their names on the bulletin board in the Memorial Union Concourse and affirm support for nonviolent social change, equality, justice, freedom and peace. The display runs from Jan. 14-25.


  • Friday, Jan. 11

    11 a.m.: "Living the Dream: Awakening into Action" A three-hour celebration with refreshments, entertainment and speakers to open the 2002 celebration. MU Concourse.

    9 p.m.: All-University Dance, "Vivendo el sueno: Despertando en accion (Living the Dream: Awakening into Action)." Dance concludes at 2 a.m. Admission to the dance with non-perishable food items for Linn-Benton Food Share. MU Ballroom.


  • Sunday, Jan. 13 8:30 a.m.: Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fun Run/Walk/Roll starts in the MU Quad. Registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt.


  • Monday, Jan. 14

    5 p.m.: "Dr. King's Birthday Party," a three-hour celebration with the staff of the OSU Black Cultural Center, includes games, music, cake and socializing. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 25th Street and Monroe Avenue.


  • Tuesday, Jan. 15

    Noon: "Let Freedom Ring," a 30-minute presentation by members of OSU's Black Poet Society on issues related to King's efforts. MU Quad.

    12:30 p.m.: Artist Reception for the "One Humanity" exhibition. MU Lounge.

    4 p.m.: "Awakening the Prayer Movement," A 150-minute event, including talks on the faith and prayer behind King's efforts, followed by a time for prayer. MU Room 211.


  • Wednesday, Jan.16

    Noon: A two-hour program including the "Color of Fear," a film about racism in the lives of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino, and African American descent, followed by a discussion of issues raised in the screening. MU Room 206.


  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    3:30 p.m.: Children's celebration by Corvallis' Majestic Theatre. For information, contact the Majestic Theatre at 541-766-6977. MU Lounge.


  • Friday, Jan. 18

    7 p.m.: A screening and discussion of the Spike Lee R-rated satire, "Bamboozled," which follows an angry African American writer as he creates a network television minstrel show in blackface to prove that audiences only want to see blacks as buffoons. To his shock, the program becomes a hit satire. Encore performance at 9:30 p.m. MU Lounge


  • Saturday, Jan.19 7 p.m.: Screening and talk on the R-rated film, "Bamboozled." Encore at 9:30 p.m. MU Lounge.


  • Monday, Jan. 21 7:30 a.m.: 20th annual Peace Breakfast, including entertainment and speakers. Advance tickets are $9.95, $7.95 for students, from the MU Business Office, 541-737-2416. MU Ballroom.

    6 p.m.: Candlelight Vigil starts at OSU's Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center at 25th and Monroe Street to the campus MU.

    7 p.m.: Round table discussion on the struggles of King and others. MU Learning Lounge.


  • Tuesday, Jan. 22

    11:30 a.m.: Signing of a memorandum of commitment between OSU cultural centers and the university committing to maintaining cultural centers "in perpetuity." MU Lounge.

    Noon: A two-hour discussion and screening of the video, "Skin Deep," which traces a group of college students as they examine feelings about race and explore barriers to building a society that respects all races. MU Room 206.

    1 p.m.: A children's story hour for kindergarten students through third-grade. Native American Longhouse, 26th Street and Jefferson Avenue

    2 p.m.: "Where's My 40 Acres and Other Broken Promises," a one-hour panel presentation and open forum, MU Room 213.

    7 p.m.: A two-hour presentation with the City of Corvallis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, "What You Do Makes A Difference," features speaker Vincent Muli Wa Kituku, a Boise-based motivational speaker, originally from Kenya, Africa. Kituku works to tell people how to "spear social buffaloes" and live up to their greatness. Also scheduled are the Four Justice Gospel Singers. OSU's LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium.

    7 p.m.: "Evening of Poetry and Song." A two-hour event that encourages participants to present poetry and songs that follow the theme of Celebration 2002 and that pertain to social issues, injustice, discrimination, racism, peace, freedom, equality, and justice. MU Room 208.


  • Wednesday, Jan. 23 Noon: A two-hour discussion and screening of the video "Talking About Race," which features students candidly sharing perspectives on topics such as separation of ethnic groups, racial discussions on campus and affirmative action policies. MU Room 206.

    1 p.m.: Children's story hour, for kindergarten students through third-grade, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, 1969 S.W. A St.

    7 p.m.: "Drumming for Peace," a two-hour concert. MU Lounge.


  • Thursday, Jan. 24

    1 p.m.: Children's story hour, for kindergarten through third-grade students. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center.


  • Friday, Jan. 25

    1 p.m.: Children's story hour, for kindergarten through third-grade students. Asian Cultural Center, 2638 NW Jackson St.

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Phyllis Lee, 541-737-4381