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2017 MLK Unity Week Celebration

Embracing Diversity. Celebrating Unity
January 9-16

Monday, January 9th

MLK Unity Week Kick-Off Event
2017 Keynote Speaker: Darrin Goss ‘93, President and CEO of Coastal Community Foundation
Darrin Goss, a 1993 Wofford graduate and president and CEO of Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, S.C., will be the featured speaker for this event, which kicks off MLK Unity Week at Wofford.
6:00pm, Leonard Auditorium
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Inside Out Movie Showing: Starting the conversation about Mental Health

7:30pm, AMS/NPHC House in the Greek Village
Sponsored by Active Minds

Tuesday, January 10th

Donate a meal to Total Ministries during Lunch
Burwell Dining Hall and Zach’s Food Court: 11am-1pm
Students, faculty and staff will be able to donate a meal to Total Ministries during lunch as part of MLK Unity Week.


Multicultural Fair
The Multicultural Fair is a celebration of the wide variety of cultures represented on Wofford’s Campus
11:00am, Campus Life Building
Sponsored by the Black Student Association, Wofford Women of Color, and Inter-Faith Youth Core

Fences Movie Outing
Fences is about an African-American father struggling with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.
Time TBD, NCG Movie Theatre
RSVP at normanrl@wofford.edu by January 9th
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Association of Multicultural Students


Wednesday, January 11th

“Black Lives Matter” vs. “All Lives Matter”: Understanding the political protest in America and examining the racial inequalities
Derrick Quarles, Founder of Upstate Black Lives Matter
7:00pm, McMillian Theater
Sponsored by Converse College

Thursday, January 12th

Read. Believe. Achieve with Meeting Street Academy
10:00am, Meeting Street Academy, 201 E Broad St #110, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Volunteers are needed to read to the students
Sponsored by the Muslim Student Association

Black and Blue: Building relations between communities of color and law enforcement
4:30pm, Gray-Jones Room
Master Patrol Officer (MPO) - Retired Captain Randy Hardy will speak about strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Sponsored by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Organization of Latin American Students

Saturday, January 14th

Walk As One
10:00am, First Presbyterian Church, 393 E Main Street
This walk celebrates our shared difference and renews our shared sense of belonging; being in a place that we, collectively, are proud to call home. Everyone is encouraged join in as we “walk as one.” 
Sponsored by the City Of Spartanburg

Sunday, January 15th

Literary Salon Dessert Social
Students are invited to recite poetry, perform a song, or read an excerpt from a Dr. King speech to commemorate his life and legacy.
6:00pm, Campus Life Building

Monday, January 16th

Spartanburg Day of Service
8:00 am, Harley Room
The United Way of the Piedmont will collaborate with other non-profit organizations to coordinate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The Opening Ceremony includes an inspiring message from a keynote speaker.
Registration: www.uwpiedmont.org/volunteer
Sponsored by: United Way of Spartanburg

Unity Celebration

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Former Mayor of Charleston, SC
Joseph P. Riley Jr., former mayor of Charleston, S.C., will be the featured speaker at Spartanburg’s MLK Unity Celebration. Riley is one of the longest serving mayors in the U.S. still living; he served 10 terms starting on Dec. 15, 1975, and ending on Jan. 11, 2016. Riley’s legacy project, which he describes as the most important thing he did as mayor, is the International African American Museum.
6:30 pm, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

Check back for any possible updates as the 2016 MLK Unity Week Celebration draws closer. For more information, contact Ron Norman (normanrl@wofford.edu).