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January 27, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week events

Submitted by Adrian Rodriguez and Mirta Chavez

Dear Wildcats, 

It is our true honor to be welcoming you to join in next week's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week virtual events and activities. 

We are experiencing an incredibly unique time in our lives — a time in which qualities such as resilience, strength, courage, faith and hope have never been more important. We reflect on the embodiment of these characteristics in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose actions and impact shall encourage us to remain steadfast in our efforts to move our campus and communities toward racial healing and social justice. 

Next week's activities include: 

  • MLK Jr. Week of Service
  • "Permission Granted: Get Rid of your BS" lecture by Risha Grant
  • College of Agriculture Diversity Student Leader Reception
  • Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Diversity Awards
  • Finding "the Dream" Workshop
  • Civil Rights Teach-In
  • MLK Presidential Lecture 
  • Virtual Affinity Groups MLK Brown Bag
  • Laying of the Wreaths and Candlelight Ceremony

Visit k-state.edu/diversity/life/events/mlk/ for event information and registration. 

It is our hope that you will join us for as many of these events as possible as we celebrate the legacy and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A special thank you to the MLK Observance Week committee, Commerce Bank Selection Committee, Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of the President, Office of the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, various colleges, units and departments, student organizations and advocates for social change across our great university who have contributed to this year’s observance week activities.

May we all engage in next week’s activities with a spirit of appreciation in honoring the great legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in dedication of the work that still lies ahead. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals." 

Much appreciation, 

Adrian Rodriguez
Associate Vice President for Student Life 

Mirta Chavez
Senior Director of Multicultural Programs and Services