Martin Luther King Program

MLK 2016

“Selma to Pullman: Honoring the Past, Creating the Future”


Day of Service

Date: Thursday, January 18 Time: Varies | Location: Varies 

Details: Join in the Martin Luther King Day of Service, and nationwide effort the mark the MLK Holiday by performing acts of community service.  For the Pullman campus, the service projects are coordinated by the Center for Civil Engagement.  Specific service opportunities have included cleaning a park, helping at a food bank, and spending time at a senior center.  For more information, contact the Center for Civic Engagement (CUB L48, 509-335-7708, or click the link below.

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Selma Photography Exhibit

Date: January 20-March 20, Museum Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Museum of Anthropology, College Hall

Free and Open to the Public 

Details: Photos from the 1965 Selma March, captured by James H. Barker, will be displayed in the Anthropology Museum.  As one of the last major battles of the Civil Rights Movement, the 1965 Selma March pushed to win voting rights in Alabama and throughout the south.  Barker traveled from Pullman to Selma to participate in the March and document the event.  Come see these rare images, which provide an intimate view of this historic event.

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Selma Photography Reception

Date: Thursday, January 21, 6:00pm | Location: Terrell Library Atrium

Panel Discussion: James H. Barker and David L. Warren

Free and Open to the Public

Details: In the spring of 1965, three individuals from Pullman traveled to Selma, Alabama, to participate in a pivotal Civil Rights March.  They were James H, Barker, a staff photographer, David L. Warren, ASWSU President, and Robert E. Cole, associate professor of Economics.  Led by Dr. Martin Luther King, the Selma March challenged voting discrimination and led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Come meet Barker and Warren, hear them describe their trip from Pullman to Selma, and see Barker’s photographs of this pivotal protest.


29th Annual Martin Luther King Community Celebration

Date: Thursday, January 28, 6:30 pm | Location: CUB Senior Ballroom

Free and Open to the Public

Details: Come to the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Community Celebration at Washington State University.  This event includes the presentation of the MLK Distinguished Service Awards.  It also features activist and Hip Hop Artist, Jasiri X.  This year our keynote speaker will be hip-hop artist Jasiri X. 

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Jasiri X is most known for his politically engaged lyrics and music videos discussing political candidates, urban poverty, and police violence.  Jasiri uses Hip Hop to reach young people and raise social awareness.  Well-known within activist circles, he has spoken and preformed around the country, including at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery March in spring of 2015.

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