PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University and the University of Idaho seek nominations from WSU and UI faculty, staff, students and Pullman-Moscow area community members for the 2003 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Awards. Nomination deadline is Jan. 10.
The awards “honor those who live Dr. King’s vision,” said Herb Delaney, chair of the 2003 Dr. Martin Luther King Community Celebration. Complete celebration information is available at www.wsu.edu/MLK.
Nominees should “embrace and practice Dr. King’s principles including unity, collective work and responsibility, purpose and self-determination,” Delaney said. They should also demonstrate commitment to racial harmony, equality, and equity in their activities and in their interaction with others.
A nomination form must be completed for each nominee. To fill out a form online, go to www.wsu.edu/MLK/nomination.html. Forms may also be obtained from the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services, Lighty Student Services Building, Room 190, and the UI Office of Multicultural Affairs, Administration Building, Room 342. To be mailed or faxed a form call, 509/335-7852 or 208/885-7716, or e-mail MLKjr@wsu.edu.
Award winners will be honored during the Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m., 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration and Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony and Banquet at WSU Compton Union Building’s Carey Ballroom. Jan. 15 is the deadline for reserving banquet tickets. Originally set for Jan. 21, the event moved to Jan. 22 due to scheduling problems. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for all students and children. More ticket info: www.wsu.edu/MLK. Contact Michele Beckmann, 509/335-7852.
Community celebration activities in Moscow, Idaho, include:
–Jan. 18, 9-11 a.m., Moscow Community Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Breakfast at Moscow Jr. High School. Speaker will be Winston-Salem, N.C., alderman Joycelyn Johnson. She is a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and the National League of Cities board. Johnson, a North Carolina Municipal League officer, will speak about “Building the Beloved Community.” Tickets, at $6 each for adults and $4 each for students and children, are for sale at Bookpeople in Moscow. Contact Joann Muneta, 208/882-3648.
–A variety of University of Idaho activities including Jan. 21, Jan. 22 and Jan.23 lunchtime video presentations in the UI Commons cafeteria, a Jan. 23 evening address by Carl Mack, NAACP Seattle branch president; a Jan. 24 campus rally and teach-in, a Jan. 25 Associated Students of the UI community service project, and a Jan. 30 community presentation by anti-hate activist Floyd Cochran, a former Aryan Nations member. Contact Francisco Salinas, UI Multicultural Affairs director, 208/885-7716.
Community celebration activities in Pullman include:
–Jan. 20, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., annual “A Day On, Not A Day Off” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Food Drive inside Pullman’s Safeway. All canned and non-perishable food items will be donated to the Pullman Food Bank. Volunteers are needed. Contact Delaney, 509/335-7852.
–Jan. 22, 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March, “Remembering the March from Selma to Montgomery: Bloody Sunday.” The march will be preceded by a program at Pullman Baptist Church, 125 SE Spring St. Marchers will walk from the church to WSU’s Compton Union Building. For program and march start time and other information, contact Jeanne Bulgin, 509/335-2546, or Marshall Mitchell, 509/335-8888.
–Jan. 31, 1-4 p.m., Community Strategic Planning, “Building True Community” in WSU Compton Union Building’s Cascade Room. Contact Delaney, 509/335-7852.
–Jan. 31, 6 p.m., YWCA of WSU MLK Art and Essay Contest Awards Banquet in CUB Cascade Room. Contact Debi Robinson-Smith, 509/335-6849.