Spring 2015 Newsletter
Western Holds First Annual Event to Honor
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On January 20, 2015, Western held its first annual celebration to honor the life and work of Dr. King. The event was organized by Associated Students President Annika Wolters, Black Student Union President Jordan Butler and the Black Student Union, Dean of Students Ted Pratt, Assistant Dean of Student Engagement Eric Alexander, and Employment Inclusion Manager Nick Sanchez, and was supported by the President’s Office and the Division of Enrollment and Student Services.
The event drew a strong turnout of students and Western employees. Dr. Darryl Brice, instructor of Sociology at Highline Community College, offered an engaging talk about Dr. King’s legacy and the ongoing struggle for racial equity in the United States. Attendees also heard remarks from Annika Wolters, Jordan Butler, Ted Pratt, and Diversity and Disability Services Librarian Rebecca Marrall. Following the event was a screening of “Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin."
Commenting about the event, Annika Wolters said “In the past, students have had to organize and fundraise for this event with little help from other players at the university. Now that this has become an annual campus-wide celebration, I am honored to have been a part of the beginning of this grand tradition as it was long overdue."
The EO Office extends its appreciation to everyone who worked to organize and support this important celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King.