Re-Imagining the ‘Beloved Community’: Ensuring Our Freedom Dreams Are Not Others’ Nightmares will be keynote speaker Darnell L. Moore’s topic of discussion for the 23rd-annual Martin Luther King Jr. campus and community celebration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
The event takes place 4-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh. The celebration, which supports King Jr.’s creed for equality, community service and leadership, is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be available prior to the start of the program.
Register online by Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.
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UWO event keynote speaker Moore is an American writer and activist whose work is “informed by anti-racist, feminist, queer of color and anti-colonial thought and advocacy.”
Moore is editor-at-large at CASSIUS (an iOne digital platform). He is co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire and writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University. Along with National Football League player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives.
The Martin Luther King Jr. program will be hosted by Nicholas Metoxen, psychology student at UW Oshkosh; and a special song performance will be given by Alina Xiong, president of the Hmong Student Union and Asian Student Association.
The UW Oshkosh annual commemoration celebrates the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by honoring a community member with a Community Service Award for demonstrating the same spirit of volunteerism and citizenship that characterized the life of King Jr.
The MLK event also will feature a 2017 Black Heritage Stamp tribute and the naming of the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest winners from local schools.
Other awards to be presented are the MLK Drum Major Service Award, recognizing an individual who has demonstrated service and leadership in promoting human dignity and achieving racial equality and harmony among the Oshkosh campus and community; and African American Student Leadership Award, given to a full-time African American undergraduate student of junior status who demonstrates leadership in campus activities that benefit African American students and the campus community.