Honoring Dr. King

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This January, UW Tacoma celebrates the vision and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by looking toward the future.
Word art of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Artwork by Hans Fleurimont, www.nuartmediagroup.comThis Monday, Jan. 19, UW Tacoma takes a day to pause, reflect, serve and celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
 
But every day, work done at UW Tacoma helps engender Dr. King’s vision of a more just and inclusive society. UW Tacoma is committed to expanding educational opportunities and cultivating thoughtful, involved, civic-minded students; this work is guided by a vision of an inclusive society that emerges from the same place as Dr. King’s vision: our community.
 
In this volatile time, as the country and the world look more closely at troubling questions of inequality and violence, Dr. King’s vision is more relevant than ever. The daily work and civic involvement of students, faculty, staff and alumni are ever more critical. 
 
This long weekend, UW Tacoma invites you to take the opportunity and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy. Read on for more information on the ninth annual MLK Unity Breakfast at UW Tacoma and for the reflections of one of UW Tacoma’s founding faculty members, Michael K. Honey, on celebrating Dr. King’s legacy.
 
MLK Unity Breakfast Celebrates Past and Present
 
Nearly fifty years ago, the United States Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  
 
On January 19, the  9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Unity Breakfast celebrates the legacy of one of the men who helped to bring voter rights to the national spotlight. The event honors the message of Dr. King and the progress he continues to inspire, January 19, 2015 from 8-10:30 a.m. in the new University Y Student Center. 
 
To recognize this important event in the civil rights movement, the organizing committee has invited Washington State Senator Patty Murray and Washington State Representative Derek Kilmer to speak and CNN news anchor Fredricka Whitfield to give the keynote address.  
 
Whitfield is a national news anchor for CNN and has reported from all over the world including the Persian Gulf region during the wars, and Beijing and London for the Olympics. Prior to CNN, she was a correspondent for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Dateline NBC, covering stories including the highly contested 2000 presidential race. For more information on Whitfield, visit the event website.
 
The breakfast will also be an opportunity to recognize students, faculty, and community members for outstanding service to the community with the Dream Awards, presented during the program. The MLK Unity Breakfast is also part of a greater Week of Service & Involvement Opportunities at UW Tacoma. 
 
More information on the breakfast is available at http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/events/content/2015-mlk-jr-unity-breakfast.
 
Professor Michael K. Honey on Honoring Dr. King’s Vision 
 
By Michael K. Honey, Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Tacoma
 
 
We should honor the King legacy today by working to reduce police violence; by campaigning for jobs, housing, health care, and education for all, funded in all communities on an equal basis and with special programs to pull people out of poverty; by reducing the $600-billion military budget and starting to close our 900 military bases across the world and using that money to fund infrastructure, jobs, and the public good; by supporting the right of Palestinians and other oppressed people to land, industry, health, education, and hope and to be free from military assault and economic exploitation; and by honoring King’s work for equal rights for all, for peace and justice, and to establish the “Beloved Community.” Dr. King stated grand ideals and pointed the way in terms of how we might best think about the human condition; equally important, he organized and spoke on behalf of measures that could change the world and make it a better place.
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Abby Rhinehart / January 16, 2015
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu