PSU Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Two Events
Author: Erin Malecha Arias, Office of Marketing and Communications, (503-725-8794)
Posted: January 6, 2005

Portland State University has two activities slated in January to highlight the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 17, 2005.

Schedule of Events
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
7 p.m. – An Evening with NPR’s Juan Williams
Smith Memorial Student Union, 3rd Floor Ballroom, 1825 S.W. Broadway
Juan Williams, senior correspondent for National Public Radio, will speak at a community-wide event celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event also features the Woodlawn Elementary School dancers. Juan Williams will offer insights into the lessons learned from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A book signing will follow the talk; books can be purchased at the event. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for students who present a valid student ID at the time of sale and can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets or at the PSU Ticket Office (1825 S.W. Broadway, room 102). Seating is limited.

Monday, January 17, 2005, Martin Luther King Jr. Day – In recognition of the 2005 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Portland State University faculty, staff, students and several of the university’s long-term community partners will make it a “day on” instead of a “day off” by engaging in a variety of service projects. These projects are made possible through a generous grant from Best Buy and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Participants will volunteer for one of the following projects from 9 a.m. to noon.:

* Lewis Elementary School is developing an environmental education program. Volunteers will assist the School in breaking ground on a new organic farm, repairing a greenhouse and compost area, and creating an environmental art display.
* Cleveland High School seeks to connect with surrounding community residents. Participants will assist high school students in building community by distributing care packages to needy residents and creating a community garden.
* Volunteers will help SOLV restore the Johnson's Creek watershed by removing invasive plant species, planting native trees and shrubs, and creating fish habitats.

Project volunteers will meet for light refreshments at the Campus Ministry building (633 S.W. Montgomery) at 8 a.m. Volunteers are still needed. Contact Kyle Bray in the Center for Academic Excellence at 503-725-8132 or to sign-up for a project. Visit for more information.

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Source: Kyle Bray (503-725-8132)

PSU Center for Academic Excellence

For Immediate Release (PR-05-001)