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Peace March set to kick off annual MLK week celebration


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Central Michigan University students and Mount Pleasant community members march in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Peace March & Vigil on Jan. 15 on Washington Street. 

Central Michigan University’s annual Martin Luther King week celebration kicks off on Monday with a CommUnity Peace Brunch and then a Peace March and Vigil. 

These events were organized by Multicultural Academic Student Services to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his unwavering desire to educate and advocate for racial equality. 

“The march I love because it gives all of our students the opportunity to collaborate in the remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.” said Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Services Jonathan Glenn. “It doesn’t have to be just students of color it’s students from all different identities and I think that If Martin Luther King were alive today that he would’ve wanted to see that.” 

Doors open for the CommUnity Peace Brunch at 9 a.m. in the Finch Fieldhouse room 110. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and Central Michigan University President Robert Davies will be doing the welcome. 

The brunch will also include guest appearances and performances from the Christ Central Choir and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. 

Those who wish to participate in the march will meet in room 221 of the Bovee University Center at 3 p.m. The march, which will be led by Graduate Assistant Cyrus Stewart, will go from the Bovee University Center to downtown Mount Pleasant toward the intersection at Broadway St. and Main St. 

The entire MLK week celebration will go from Jan. 21 to Jan. 25 and will include several events designed for students to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and racial inequality. 

The other events that will be taking place next week as a part of CMU’s MLK week celebration are as follows: 

· A Night of Reflection at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Bovee University Center Auditorium.

· A Keynote Speech from Cheryl Brown Henderson at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building.

· Tunnel of Oppression from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bovee University Center room 218 

· Charity Basketball Game at 6 p.m. in the Student Activity Center. 

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