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2010 MLK Day Unity Breakfast

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
UW Tacoma and the Black Student Union at UW Tacoma present

Unity Breakfast
Monday, January 18, 2010
8 - 10 a.m.

UW Tacoma campus — William W. Phillip Hall

Dream Awards

One of Dr. King's greatest mandates was that individuals must not stand idly by while injustice remains. To encourage those who heed that mandate, UW Tacoma launched the Dream Awards in 2010, as part of the annual Unity Breakfast honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Recognizing individuals and organizations that consistently address diversity, social justice and civil rights, three inaugural Dream Awards were given this year.

Bryan Neal Lisa Rankin-Faircloth Thomas Dixon of Tacoma Black Collective

First, from the UWT student body, the student chosen who demonstrates consistent commitment to diversity and equality through activism, volunteerism, service learning, research, campus/community involvement and leadership was Bryan Neal.

The second Dream Award honors the person whose efforts have resulted in a legacy for our community. Called the Legacy, this Dream Award recognizes the person who made significant contributions to the UW Tacoma community in the areas of diversity, social justice or civil rights. The 2010 Legacy Dream Award was given to Lisa Rankin-Faircloth.

The third Dream Award recognizes a community organization or group that has demonstrated consistent commitment to diversity and equality through innovative programming, campus and community involvement, activism and leadership development. This award was presented to the Tacoma Black Collective and accepted by Mr. Thomas Dixon.


Jacob Bellamy and Praise Team

Patricia Spakes, Chancellor, UW Tacoma
Bryan Neal, President, Black Student Union (BSU)

"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
performed by Jacob Bellamy and Praise Team, BSU, Girls Reclaiming Individual Purpose in Society (GRIPS), audience

The Meaning of King's Message (video)
introduced by Michael Johnson, Coordinator of New Student Programs
and Emily Ignacio, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

The Dream Awards
Presented by Trista Huckleberry and Michael Johnson

Student Performance
Pride Choir of Jason Lee Middle School

Spoken Word Poet
Charhyse Bailey

Introduction of Alumni Speaker
Chana Lawson, UWT alumna and BSU adviser

Alumni Speaker
Victoria Jaime Glaze

Musical performance
Jacob Bellamy

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Alicia Porter

Keynote address
Dr. Terrence Roberts,
Psychologist, educator, author and member of the Little Rock Nine

Sharon Parker, Assistant Chancellor for Equity and Diversity
Bryan Neal and the BSU


The MLK Day Unity Breakfast was created in 2006-2007 with support from the Student Activities Board and the Chancellor’s Office. With funding from these offices, the Black Student Union worked with UW Tacoma officers to plan and implement the first MLK Day campus event. That first event was so successful that in subsequent years, other campus offices joined in the effort. Each year the campus has strengthened the collaborative process for commemorating the MLK Day.

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