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 through Jan. 24.

Activities are open to the public and most are free. OSU will cancel classes on Monday, Jan. 20, to allow students, faculty and staff to join the 21st 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 $10, or $5 for students. Children under age 5 are free. Call 541-737-4381 for information.

Featured events at the breakfast will include several community service awards and OSU students talking on the theme, "Any Community, One Dream: Diversity, Unity and Hope."

On Jan. 14, participants will have a chance learn about Habitat for Humanity's work to build homes for low-income families. On Jan. 15, OSU will offer the community a chance to help build homes in surrounding communities. For information, contact OSU Community Service Center at 541-737-3041.

A candlelight walk and vigil is scheduled on Jan. 20. The walk starts at 6 p.m. at the OSU Black Cultural Center at 25th Street and Monroe Avenue with the procession ending with a program and 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: "Expressions of Diversity," an exhibition of works in the Memorial Union Concourse by OSU graphic design students. Exhibit continues through Feb. 28.

     

  • 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. 13-24.

Sunday, Jan. 12

  • 9:30 a.m.: Seventh Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fun Run/Walk/Roll starts in the MU Quad. Registration is free, but donations are accepted to benefit OSU's Frances Dancy Hooks Scholarship Fund. Participants receive a T-shirt.

Monday, Jan. 13

  • 11 a.m.: "Let Freedom Ring," two-hour opening ceremony includes speakers, discussions.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

  • 11 a.m.: A three-hour program including "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. MU Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

  • 11 a.m.: "Scout's Honor," a video and discussion on the Boy Scouts of America's policies on homosexuality. Encore presentation at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23. MU Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

     

  • Noon: "Dr. King's Birthday Party," a 90-minute celebration with the staff of the OSU Native American Longhouse at 26th Street and Jefferson Avenue.

     

  • 5 p.m: "Dr. King's Birthday Party II," a second 90-minute celebration with the staff of the OSU Black Cultural Center. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 25th Street and Monroe Avenue.

     

  • 7 p.m.: "An Evening of Song and Poetry." Participants are invited to present songs or poetry that relate to injustice, racism and discrimination. MU Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

     

  • 7 p.m.: "Building the Beloved Community," a talk by Ray Winbus, director of urban affairs at Maryland's Morgan State University. Also music and presentation of the City of Corvallis Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St.

Thursday, Jan. 16

  • 11 a.m.: "Shattering the Silences," a three-hour program that includes a documentary that looks at higher education through the eyes of minority faculty members. Encore presentation at 5 p.m. Jan. 22. MU Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

Friday, Jan. 17

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

     

  • 7 p.m: "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow," the first-half of a look at race relations in America from the 1860s to the 1960s. Program concludes on Saturday, Jan. 18. MU Lounge.

Saturday, Jan. 18

  • 7 p.m.: "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow," the second-half of a comprehensive look at race relations in America from the 1860s to the 1960s. MU Lounge.

Monday, Jan. 20

  • 7:30 a.m.: Peace Breakfast, including entertainment and speakers. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, under 5 free, from the MU Business Office, 541-737-2416 or at the door. MU Ballroom.

     

  • 6 p.m.: Candlelight Vigil starts at OSU's Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center at 25th Street and Monroe Avenue to the campus MU.
  • 7 p.m.: Round table discussion on the struggles of King and others. MU Learning Lounge.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

  • Noon: "Where's My 40 Acres and Other Broken Promises," a two-hour panel presentation and open forum, MU Room 212.

     

  • 1 p.m.: A children's story hour for kindergarten students through third-grade. OSU Black Cultural Center, 25th Street and Monroe Avenue.

     

  • 5 p.m.: A three-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 Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

  • 1 p.m.: A children's story hour for kindergarten students through third-grade. OSU Asian Cultural Center, 2638 NW Jackson Avenue.

Thursday, Jan. 23

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

Friday, Jan. 24

  • Noon: Interfaith prayer service, MU Room 208.

     

  • 1 p.m.: A children's story hour for kindergarten students through third-grade. OSU Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, 1969 SW A St.

     

  • 2 p.m.: A children's story hour for kindergarten students through third-grade. OSU Queer Resource Center, Women's Center.

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Source: 

Phyllis Lee, 541-737-4381