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Dr. MLK Week Events 2020

January 20-24, 2020

Western Texas College celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King the week of January 20-24, 2020. Dr. King’s famous quote, “Because I’ve been to the mountaintop,” inspired the events for this year.

The community, Western Texas College students, faculty, and staff are all welcome at the events.


Define Your Dream/Dr. MLK Week E-Waste Drive
12:05 P.M. – Student Center

Dr. King had a dream to unite all peoples regardless of race. What’s your vision for the future of race relations? Share your idea on the Dream Board in the Student Center starting at 12:05 p.m.

As part of WTC’s Dr. MLK Day of Service, WTC will also hold an E-Waste Drive in the Student Center. Cell phones, tablets, chargers, and cords will be accepted. Please, no large appliances (like laptops or computers) leaking devices or batteries. Just look for the recycling bin to deposit your items.


The Mountaintop Art Competition Awards Reception
5:00 P.M. – College on the Square

In the fall of 2019, WTC opened an art competition for students to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. The theme for the competition was “Because I’ve Been to the Mountaintop…” Students were limited to an 8.5” x 11’ canvas using only original drawings or original computer graphics. Those who entered the 2020 MLK Art Contest will want to be present for the Awards Reception!

Distinguished Gentlemen Panel Discussion
6:00 P.M. – College on the Square

Immediately following the Awards Reception, WTC will host the Distinguished Gentlemen Panel Discussion. Panel members will discuss their views with audience members on the current and past states of race relations in our culture. Don’t miss this insightful forum relevant to our current cultural climate.


Film Screening: The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306
7:00 P.M. – WTC Planetarium

“Why was I there?” The question Samuel Kyles asked himself for years opens the door to an intimate look at Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy. As one of the few people standing near Dr. King during his untimely assassination, Kyles shares his perspective. The Oscar-nominated documentary recounts personal moments shared with Dr. King and the events leading up to Dr. King’s return to Memphis, Tennessee, to support striking sanitation workers. A discussion follows the screening of this short film.


Film Screening: I am MLK Jr.
7:00 P.M. – WTC Planetarium

I am MLK Jr. explores the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of civil-rights-era activists, contemporary writers, activists, and celebrities. The film focuses on issues Dr. King brought to light as he struggled against the plight dealt to African Americans. A discussion follows the screening.

For more information about any of the events, contact LaVeeda Newsome, English Instructor, at 325-574-7921 or email lnewsome@wtc.edu.