WWU gathers for candlelight vigil Thursday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

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A crowd of Western Washington University students, faculty, staff and community gathered in Red Square on Thursday, Jan. 13, for a candlelight vigil in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

After listening to King's "I Have a Dream" speech in Red Square, the crowd moved into the Viking Union for a community panel, reception and community fair.

Other MLK Day events:

  • Alderwood Elementary School, Jan. 14: WWU student volunteers are needed to read books to classes at Alderwood Elementary School in the morning on Friday the 14th. Exact times TBA.
  • Bellingham Boys and Girls Club, Jan. 14: WWU students will read and lead activities and discussions with kids of all ages at the Boys and Girls Club from 4 to 6 p.m. Volunteer creativity is welcome! If you have ideas for activities related to Dr. King's message, get in touch.
  • Human Rights Conference, Jan. 15: The theme this year is "All Together Now: Connecting the Dots for Progressive Change in Whatcom County." View the poster or visit the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force website for more information.
  • Taking Root Documentary, Jan. 20: 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Viking Union Room 552. In 1977, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy. Join us for this documentary to learn more and hear about the CSL's study abroad program in Kenya.