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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:19

Jane Elliott headlines MLK events at WCU

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Western Carolina University will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a variety of events throughout January, highlighted by the university’s annual MLK speaker.

At 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, the annual MLK Unity March will begin at WCU’s Central Plaza fountain near the alumni tower. A reception will be held at the A.K. Hinds University Center’s Illusions Club at 3 p.m. It is sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and WCU’s Intercultural Affairs department.

The WCU Fine Arts Museum at the Bardo Arts Center will open an exhibition Tuesday, Jan. 16, by Willie Cole titled “Soles and Boards from Highpoint Editions.” Cole draws from his own African-American heritage and celebrates African art and culture while confronting viewers with the painful history of slavery in America, utilizing imagery of clothing irons and ironing boards. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, “Unity, Not Uniformity” will take place in the U.C. Grandroom at 7 p.m. The performance-based event allows for creative expression of King’s legacy of cooperation, brotherhood, peace and respect. It is sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., WCU’s Inspirational Gospel Choir and the Black Student Union.

Jane Elliott, renowned teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer, will be the 2018 MLK speaker at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Elliott is the creator of “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes.”

WCU’s Department of Intercultural Affairs will hold a Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Education session titled “I’m Not A Racist” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the U.C.’s Raleigh Room. Intercultural Affairs Director Dana Patterson will facilitate the interactive session.

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