Saint Martin’s to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr.Lacey, Washington – Members of the Saint Martin’s University community will gather this Friday, Jan. 20 for its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration honoring the legacy of the prominent human rights activist. Although offices have been closed this week, the event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E.

Featuring a Southern-style dinner, the evening will include remarks by Jonathan Hew Len, the University’s student body president, and University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.

A powerful performance by the Mayhem Poets will round out the evening. The Mayhem Poets blend spoken word, hip hop, theater, improv and standup comedy to expose audiences to fresh perspectives on both historical and contemporary issues. Their unique approach to spoken word has landed them feature spots on The Today Show and Eyewitness News.

“This is an important annual event that brings our campus community together to increase awareness and commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr,” says Assistant Director of Campus Life Laurel Dube.

The event is presented by Saint Martin’s Campus Life PROS, SMU Black Student Union, and Office of Intercultural Initiatives.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:
Laurel Dube
Assistant director of campus life

Sarah Holdener
Director of community relations and event management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University