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MLK Jr. Celebration

Photo of MLK Jr. with text 'MLK Jr Celebration Week, Jan 22 through 26, Legacy of Leadership'


The WCU community gathers annually to celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Our focus during the week long celebration is the concept of community. Dr. King once said, 'We know that to bring justice, love, and friendship, we must build strong communities that foster these things.' We encourage you to consider these words and your role in building a strong community here at WCU and beyond.


Schedule of Events


Monday, January 15, 2024


The MLK Jr march has been rescheduled for Sunday, 1/28/24 at 1:00pm at the fountain. Posters can be made at 12:00pm in the Intercultural Affairs Office, UC 227.

MLK Jr. Unity March

students at WCU marching for MLK Jr. day


Host: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
1:00 pm - Poster Making , UC Multipurpose Room, 232
12:00 pm - Catafount




Monday, January 22, 2024

stone stature carving of MLK Jr


Self Care in Advocacy for Equity and Inclusion: Sustainable Models for Leaders
Host: Dr. Enrique Gomez
2:30 - 3:30 pm
UC Theater, 315

Burnout and high turnover rates for leaders and volunteers in non-profit, social services and advocacy organizations has increased since the COVID pandemic. This presentation and community discussion will address how individuals and organizations addressing issues of equity and inclusion can structure their work so that it is sustainable. Participants will see strategies to dynamically address sources of burnout in community leaders, volunteers, and professionals in advocacy work.


test of civil conversation series. civil dialogue on social equity/ part of the MLK Jr week of celebration.


Civil Conversations Series: Social Equity
Hosts: Department of Student Community Ethics, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
5:30 - 6:30 pm
UC Raleigh Room, 226

This is a civil dialogue event with the topic of social equity. Participants will have the opportunity to have a moderated conversation with others who may have different points of view than their own.


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

women of color in painting


Tabling:Women Behind the Movement
Host: Greek Student Engagement & Development
11:00 am - 2:00 pm, UC Fountain



text that says register to vote!


Tabling: Voter Registration
Host: Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Wednesday, January 24, 2024


The Musc Behind the Movement program has been cancelled.

Music Behind the Movement
Host: Inspirational Gospel Chior
4:30 - 6:00pm
UC Theater, 315


Thursday, January 25, 2024

shadows of people around a table


A Seat at the Table
Hosts: Global Black Studies, Inspirational Gospel Chior, Black Student Union, and Sigma Gamma Rho
5:00 - 7:00 pm
UC Cherokee Room,  336

Round table discussion led by student leaders on what it means for all voices to be heard and how to take up space at the table. Student leaders will host a space where all students can have an open discussion about topics of equity, inclusion, and leadership on our campus. Food provided. 


Friday, January 26, 2024

text stating MLK day of service. part of the MLK week of celebration


Civic Engagement: Scotts Creek Community Clean Up
Hosts: NAACP, Liberty Baptist Church, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
2:00 - 4:00pm
*transportation provided

In partnership with the Jackson County NAACP and Liberty Baptist Church, CCESL will host MLK Day of Service on Friday, January 26th from 2pm-4pm. Volunteers will participate in a Scott's Creek area clean up in a historic black neighborhood. Transportation is provided. Join us for this MLK Week of Celebration event!

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Movie: Rustin

Rustin movie promo with a picture of Colman Domingo as Rustin


Host: Last Minute Productions
6pm & 9pm
UC Theater






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