WSU community gives back over Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend

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Washington State University faculty, staff and students are giving back to their local communities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Cougs are contributing their time and energy to projects posted on the WSU GivePulse website. Volunteering at local food banks, spending time with senior citizens, and cleaning up natural areas were among the projects that prompted widespread participation across WSU campuses. 

Members of the WSU community return to campus today as WSU marks its first observance of the National Day of Racial Healing.  The day after Martin Luther King Jr. day has become an opportunity to reflect on our shared values and cultivate relationships rooted in trust and mutual respect.

WSU’s slate of events kicks off at 9:10 a.m. with an opening ceremony and panel discussion “Truth, Racial Health, and Transformation” available to watch via Zoom. More information on the array of activities focusing on physical and mental health happening throughout the day are available on the Office of the Provost website.

On Wednesday, the Foley Institute is hosting author, activist and social justice organizer Kiantha Duncan for a talk centered on racial healing and politics. The event will take place beginning at noon inside the Foley Speaker’s Room, 308 Bryan Hall. 

Events honoring and remembering the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. extend into the coming weeks. This year’s MLK celebration on Feb. 7 is being kicked off by a keynote address from Crystal Fleming, an author and professor of sociology and Africana studies at SUNY Stony Brook. 

More information the celebration event, presentations for additional keynote speakers, and ongoing service projects, are available on WSU’s Martin Luther King Program website.

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