MLK Days of Dialogue Feb. 1-6 at UW

By: Ron Cogswell
By: mrgarethm

Panel discussions, a community supper and a keynote address highlight this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD) at the University of Wyoming.

MLK DOD events are scheduled during the week of Feb. 1-6 — later dates than in previous years. Events each year are offered to raise awareness of diversity issues, build a sense of community and celebrate diversity.

This year’s MLK DOD theme, “Untold Stories, Unheard Voices,” recognizes “the importance of dialogue that gives voices to marginalized communities,” say the committee’s co-chairs, Ryan Dinneen O’Neil and Macki Snyder.

UW community members honor the continuing impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his life and ideals through this celebration. The week of activities renews UW’s commitment to making the campus and Wyoming a more welcoming and empowering place for people from different backgrounds, heritages, orientations and abilities, Dinneen O’Neil and Snyder say.

Programs will include: “A Troubled Hypothesis: The Myth of Diversity in STEM”; “When Oppression Turns to Depression: Exploring the Intersections Between Mental Health and Social Oppression”; “All People are Mortal: Examining Power and Privilege in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice”; and “Unheard Voices in Faith Communities.”

The annual Willena Stanford Community Supper and program will take place Monday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom. A rally and march is planned at 5 p.m. beginning in the Wyoming Union skylight lounge.

Other activities during the week include a coffee hour to discuss topical issues; a book discussion Wednesday, Feb. 3, at noon in Room 506 of Coe Library; the MLK DOD keynote address Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom; a film, “Straight Outta Compton,” sponsored by Friday Night Fever, at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room Friday, Feb. 5; and, also that night, slam poet J Mase III will perform at 9 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

The week concludes Saturday, Feb. 6, with a day of service that begins at 1 p.m. and ends with a diversity ball at 6 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

To view the entire week’s events with more details, including the keynote speaker’s information, visit the MLK DOD website at www.uwyo.edu/mlkdod.