WWU Events to Celebrate Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

MLKThe late Martin Luther King Jr. inspired the world with his dreams of a better tomorrow and his commitment to social justice, racial equality and freedom for the oppressed.  This year, William Woods University remembers King’s life and legacy with programs aimed at storytelling the dream.  This year you can sharpen your mind by attending an educational talk, tap your foot to the soul-stirring rhythms of a gospel concert or participate in a creative simulation of cultural diversity.

TIME CHANGE!  Battle: Change From Within – This is a documentary about educator Eliot Battle and the pivotal role he played in desegregating schools, housing and the Columbia community. As Battle facilitated changes with quiet resolve, he faced resistance from both the black and white communities. His calm demeanor and dedicated work within existing institutions and systems allowed him to bridge the gap between the two races and bring about change for the better. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m., Library Auditorium

BaFaBaFa Cultural Simulation Activity – Cultural Simulation

This interactive exercise explores the value of seeing the world from different perspectives and the benefits of multiculturalism.  Two mock cultures are developed with their own languages, customs, and behaviors. After the two cultures interact with each other discussion follows covering the phenomena that occurs when two different groups meet that parallels cultural conflict in society. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m., Burton 006

 Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Tribute

The First Impressions choir, under the direction of Michael Dodson, will be raising the roof in Dulany Auditorium with their gospel tribute in honor of Martin Luther King JR.  Joining the choir will be a cast of talented singers from around the area. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Dulany Auditorium

Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes

Actor and writer David Mills will perform some of the great poems and short-stories of Harlem Renaissance writer, Langston Hughes.  The performance takes the audience on an odyssey spanning five decades-from the 1920s-through the 1960s.  Mr. Mills plays both white and black Americans, young and old, and male and female characters whom Langston Hughes created. Monday, Feb. 3, noon, Library Auditorium.