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Martin Luther King Jr. 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 17, 2011
8 - 10:30 a.m.
William W. Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Avenue, UW Tacoma campus

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “Life’s most persistent and nagging question is: What are you doing for others?” He lifted up the value of service as the hallmark of a full life. At the 2011 UWT Unity Breakfast, we reflect upon the “full life” of Dr. King and how we can be of service to others.

Addressing Dr. King’s “full life,” was UWT History Professor Michael Honey. Renowned for his research and writing on the civil rights movement, Dr. Honey is the author of Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers (1993); Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle (1999); and Going Down the Memphis Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign (2007). Recently he prepared a compendium of Dr. King’s writings on the labor movement.

Dr. Lawrence E. Carter, Sr., Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia,wasl also a speaker, addressing the legacy of Dr. King. At Morehouse Dr. Carter is the founder of Morehouse College’s International Hall of Honor that consists of one hundred forty eight original oil portraits of distinguished leaders and nonviolent activists in the civil and human rights movements. He developed a legacy of peace traveling exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, which was exhibited on the UW Tacoma campus from January 18 through 22, 2011. Dr. Carter also serves as a Morehouse Professor of Religion and College Curator, and heads The Gandhi, King, Ikeda, Hassan Institute for Ethics and Reconciliation.


Musical Prelude

Opening by Mistress of Ceremony
Sharon Parker, Assistant Chancellor for Equity and Diversity

Patricia Spakes, Chancellor
Anthony Brock, President, Black Student Union

“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Negro National Anthem
Led by Joseph Franco and the Black Student Union at UW Tacoma

Introduction of Presenter
Jo Enscoe, Associate Director, Diversity Resource Center

“A Drum Major for Racial and Economic Justice”
Professor Michael Honey

Spoken Word Poet
Anthony Brock, President, Black Student Union at UW Tacoma

The Dream Awards
Presented by Professor Trista Huckleberry

Introduction of Alumni Speaker
Patrick Kelly, Student Activities Board, Chair of Diversity and Intercultural Awareness

Alumni Speaker
Wil Johnson, Class of 2008

Artistic Dance
Joyas Mestizas

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Jim Posey, Director, Institutional Research and Planning

Keynote address
Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr.,
Professor of Religion, College Curator at Morehouse College, and Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel

Farewell and Thank You
Cedric Howard, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


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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