MLK Jr. Day of Service – Jan. 19, multiple times and locations
Several community service projects are scheduled throughout Walla Walla to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. These community service projects, including descriptions, contact information, etc., are listed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/36Y5QJS; participation is free and open to the public.
MLK Jr. March and Candlelight Vigil – Jan. 19, 4 p.m. at Reid Campus Center
Meet in the Reid Campus Center lobby (corner of Park St. and Boyer Ave.) at 4 p.m. for a peace march and candlelight vigil in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The vigil will occur at 1st Ave. and Main St. The march will return to the Reid Campus Center, downstairs in the Coffeehouse, for a reception at approximately 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Both events are free and open to the public.
Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) – Jan. 22-23, multiple times and locations
Whitman Teaches the Movement is a partner program between Whitman College, Walla Walla Public Schools, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Created in 2011, its goal is to increase civil rights education in the Walla Walla Valley. Whitman students are trained in one of four curriculums associated with the civil rights movement before teaching in local classrooms. For training times and locations, please visit the WTTM blog at whitmanteachesthemovement.net.
Interfaith Service – Jan. 24, 4 p.m. at Spirituality Room (Prentiss Hall)
All are welcome to attend an interfaith service for peace and justice. For more information, please contact Adam Kirtley, Stuart Coordinator of Religious and Spiritual Life (522-4449). This event is free and open to the public.
“Race, Law and Justice in America” – A Conversation with The Honorable Mary Yu and President George Bridges – Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center
Justice Mary Yu will address campus as the 2015 MLK keynote speaker. Justice Yu performed the first same-sex marriage in the State of Washington and is the first member of the LGBT and Asian communities to serve on the Supreme Court. Her list of recent awards includes “Judge of the Year” from the Washington State Association for Justice; “Public Official of the Year” from the Municipal League Foundation; and the 2012 “Difference Makers Award” from the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.
George Bridges is the 13th president of Whitman College. After earning his undergraduate degree in 1972 from the University of Washington, Bridges pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There he earned his M.A. in criminology and Ph.D. in sociology. Prior to pursuing an academic career full time, Bridges worked as a social scientist in the staff office of the Attorney General of the United States.