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Western Texas College Students to Observe Dr. MLK Week 2018 with Daily Events

01/04/18, 12:48:56 PM

SNYDER—Western Texas College students will observe Martin Luther King Week with events scheduled each day to honor and evoke his message. Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome at all events.

“We have a very proactive and passionate group of students this year,” noted LaVeeda Newsome, WTC MLK Week events coordinator and English Instructor.

“The students strived to create events that would be meaningful and honor Dr. King’s legacy.”

Starting at 11:35 a.m. on Monday, January 15, students, staff, faculty and the community can express their dreams on the Dream Board in the Student Center. Everyone is welcome to add to the Dream Board with written notes, images, or clippings. The Dream Board will be included in a time capsule called “The Mountaintop” with an event at 2 p.m. on Thursday. The Dream Board will remain in the Student Center until Thursday at 1:50 p.m. when students will place it in the time capsule.

On Tuesday, January 16, WTC will host the panel discussion “Distinguishing Gentlemen: Looking Forward, Looking Back,” in the Fine Arts Theater at 6:45 p.m. The panel includes Snyder mayor Tony Wofford and City Councilman Vernon Clay who will offer their perspectives on community, culture, and Dr. King’s legacy. WTC student Cruz DeLuna will moderate.

Students will offer their own perspectives on Dr. King’s legacy in 2018 with their own forum, “Dreams Deferred, Dreams Fulfilled,” on the evening of Wednesday, January 17. Beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre, student panelists will contemplate Dr. King’s vision for America in 2018 fifty years after his assassination. Assistant Professor Geron Scates will moderate.

Sophomore Kyra Lewis is scheduled to be on Wednesday’s panel. “I think part of Dr. King’s legacy is that we have to provoke the conversation—we have to converse, not argue,” noted Lewis.

“If one person is suffering an injustice, then everyone is.”

The Mountaintop time capsule will be the focus on Thursday, January 18. At 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theater lobby, the Dream Board will be placed into the time capsule. Students may add items that future students can use for reflection.

The week’s events will wrap up on Friday, January 19, at 6:45 p.m. with the Stride for Solidarity March and Candlelight Vigil. The march will begin at the WTC flagpoles and end at the Student Commons with the candlelight vigil.

“I think it is important what we are doing here,” said DeLuna.

“It can only get better.”

For more information, contact LaVeeda Newsome at 325-574-7921. Western Texas College is located at 6200 College Avenue in Snyder.