PULLMAN, Wash. — Inspirational and uplifting music by the Harlem Gospel Choir will highlight the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration for Pullman and Moscow next month. Washington State University, the University of Idaho and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Committee will sponsor the events, which are scheduled around Jan. 19, national Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The choir will perform 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the UI Student Union Building Ballroom. Choir members include singers and musicians from many black churches in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.
A newspaper in Australia, where the choir has performed, says the choir is “one of the pre-eminent gospel choirs in the world and is loved for its joyous music.” For more, see http://www.harlemgospelchoir.com.
Concert tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children. UI and WSU students will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services, Lighty 190, or at the door.
For more information on the concert and all MLK Celebration events, visit http://www.wsu.edu/MLK or contact celebration chair Herb Delaney, University Relations, 335-5711.
Other MLK Celebration activities include:
Jan. 17 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Breakfast. Sponsored by the Latah County Human Rights Task force, it will be held at Moscow Junior High School. For time and ticket information, contact Joann Muneta, (208) 882-3648.
Jan. 19 – The annual “A Day On, Not A Day Off” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Food Drive at Moscow and Pullman Safeway stores will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Donations of non-perishable and canned goods will benefit food banks in both communities.
Jan. 20 – There will be a Freedom Bus Ride re-enactment with a bus traveling from Moscow to Pullman. Details will be announced later. Also, on the same day:
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March from Pullman Baptist Church to WSU’s Compton Union Building will begin at 5:45 p.m.
— The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration and Distinguished Service Awards Banquet will be at 7 p.m. in the Compton Union Building Carey Ballroom. Winners of the awards as well as WSU and UI student winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Essay Contest will be announced. The deadline to nominate WSU and UI teaching faculty, staff, students and community members for awards is Jan. 5. Nominations can be made online at www.wsu.edu/MLK or on forms available at the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services, Lighty Student Services Building, Room 190. Banquet tickets are $5 per person. Banquet reservations can be made by calling Michele Beckmann, WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services, at (509) 335-7852.