Saint Martin’s to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 10, 2014
The Saint Martin’s University community will honor the memory and legacy of human rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Friday, Jan. 24, with its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This event is free and open to the public, and it will take place 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Worthington Conference Center, located on the Lacey campus at 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E.
Suzi Q. Smith, an American poet and spoken-word artist who is among the highest-ranked slam poets in the nation, is the keynote speaker for the event. Smith has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, and her poetry has been sampled and remixed around the globe, earning her international acclaim. She is also well-known as an activist who collaborates with organizations advocating for civil rights, peace, the arts and youth.
Several Saint Martin’s students are scheduled to make a variety of presentations during the evening, which will also include a Southern-style dinner. The Old School Fellas, an eight-piece jazz band, will provide music.
“We hope this annual program serves as a reminder to our community about the crucial need to carry on Dr. King’s vision for true social justice,” says Brittany Reed, assistant director of campus life at Saint Martin’s.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is presented by Saint Martin’s Campus Life, the Black Student Union and the Office of Intercultural Initiatives.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year,
coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300
acres 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 23 majors and
seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business,
education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more
than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from
many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300
more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at
Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint
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Assistant director of Campus Life
Meg Nugent Dwyer
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