Civil rights activist to speak at WWU in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

William Woods University students and faculty will recognize
the struggle for equality and the man who became the forefront
of the movement with a series of events about emancipation, civil rights and
Martin Luther King, Jr. All programs are free and open to the public.
Joanne Bland, who participated
in “Bloody
Sunday” and other protest marches as a young girl, will share her experiences
Monday evening (Jan. 16) in a talk
called, “Witness of history in the struggle
for civil rights.”     
However, the series, titled “MLK:
Past, Present and Future,” starts earlier that day when Dr. Bryan Carter
presents “RESPECT: Mercy, Mercy, Me, What’s Goin’ On.” His program is scheduled
for 1 p.m. Monday in the library
An associate professor at the
University of Central Missouri, Carter
plans to give an insightful look at the music, poetry
and art during the civil rights movement and shortly after.
Bland, co-founder of
the National Voting
Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Ala., will speak at 7 p.m. Monday in Cutlip
Auditorium. She will share some
of her experiences
and insights into the civil
rights movement.  Her speech is part of
the President’s Concert
and Lecture Series.
The Multicultural Affairs Club at WWU will also
celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s
life-long battle to achieve civil and human rights for
everyone by
showing the documentary, “The Story of Human Rights,” in the Ivy Room
(lower level of Tucker Dining Hall) at 4 p.m. Tuesday. A
discussion about the importance of knowing one’s rights will also be
“With so much that has been
done, and continues to be done, to destroy human life, it’s
important to know that God creates
courageous individuals like Dr. King to bring
about a kind of balance in this world,”
said Tammy Carter, director of multicultural affairs at WWU.
Later Tuesday, the University of Missouri’s
chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will perform,
“Why We Step,” a presentation and demonstration of the rich history
surrounding the stepping movement.  Their
performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in Cutlip
Students and community members are invited to join the Rev. Travis
Tamerius, university chaplain, at noon Wednesday in Thurmond
Chapel for “We Shall Overcome:
The Message of a Movement.”
This talk will explore the
vision of the civil rights movement and how it is was inspired by fundamental
religious ideals. Tamerius plans to share excerpts from King’s historic speeches and
discuss the important people and ideas
that influenced
his life and work.
Steve Hageman, instructor of history, will present “The
Long Arc of Justice: From
Emancipation to the Black Freedom
Movement and Beyond” at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the library
In honor of the
150th anniversary of President
Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, Hageman will discuss the
long arc of African-American
struggles to give meaning to the “freedom” entailed in that momentous
“It’s less important
to ‘memorialize’ Dr. King and the civil
rights movement because that consigns their struggles
to the past,” Hageman said. “It is better to reflect upon them and celebrate
them as important and
wonderful parts of the long and ongoing struggle for social justice and human dignity that began
before them and continues to this day.”

William Woods University’s recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. will conclude
with a musical tribute at 5 p.m. Thursday in Dulany
Auditorium. The concert will feature
WWU’s show choir, First Impressions, singing select gospel-inspired

The choir will be joined
by soloists from Jefferson City and Kingdom
City. In addition, the
Progressive Missionary Baptist Church’s praise team from
Columbia will render
musical selections.
Joanne Bland