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Head this way to celebrate day with MLK

    Pacific University invites western Washington County residents to join its celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20.

Events kick off at 11 a.m. when university students, faculty and staff join the giant “peace cranes” and their local Roots & Shoots handlers for a commemorative community march. Beginning at the Forest Grove School District administrative building at 18th Avenue and Main Street, the march will proceed to Pacific’s Marsh Hall while King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is broadcast over loudspeakers on the truck leading the march.

At 12 noon, Forest Grove Mayor (and Pacific alum) Pete Truax will emcee a program that includes music from Pacific University ensembles and a panel discussion on “Living King’s Words: Reflections on Serving by Student and Community Leaders.”

The panel will feature Alex Hatch of the Pacific chapter of College Democrats; Patrice Fuller of the university’s Black Student Union; Charlie Graham, director of the local Roots & Shoots program; Monique Slusher of the university’s Rainbow Coalition and Mia Prohaska of PUMP It Up.

The program will close with an excerpt from King’s “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon and the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Pies for Peace, a local organization dedicated to helping veterans and victims of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, will serve free pie to attendees, compliments of Pacific University. Roots & Shoots will host an activities table before, after and during the program.

For more information, call Pacific’s Office of Diversity at 503-352-1457.

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