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Pepperdine Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. With Campus Events
The Office of Intercultural Affairs (ICA) and the Pepperdine Volunteer Center (PVC) will commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by cohosting the annual Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Jan. 25, with more events to follow. The series of events will explore "Oppression Reduction" and will promote the overarching themes of peace, hope, and justice.
"It is our hope that, through these scheduled events, students are prompted to think and discuss more about these issues and the many ways they can play a role in finding solutions," says international studies senior and Pepperdine Volunteer Center development intern Estephania Gongora.
Kicking off the week of commemorative events is MLK Service Day taking place Saturday, Jan. 19, when the PVC, along with a group of students, will head to the LA Dream Center for a day of service and learning. The Dream Center is a volunteer-driven organization that provides support and resources to those suffering from homelessness and hunger, providing them with medical care, education, and spiritual guidance.
The first annual MLK Memorial Day Tribute Concert will provide an evening of live music and reflection in honor of Dr. King Monday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandbar Café. Refreshments will be served and business casual attire is requested.
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. ICA will host a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel at Stauffer Chapel, Malibu, featuring guest speaker Carole Lutness, one of many White Americans from the South to participate in the NAACP efforts towards civil rights. She is also a Christian who deeply believes in Dr. King's efforts towards eradicating hate and violence by using godly principles. Earlier in the day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Adamson Plaza, Malibu, the PVC and ICA will kick off their Art Project Fair, which will culminate in an exhibit during the comedy show Thursday, Jan. 24 (more information below).
To recognize the diverse injustices faced by various peoples throughout history, the PVC and ICA will lead a group of students on a trip to the Museum of Tolerance Wednesday, Jan. 23.
The theme of "Oppression" will take center stage in a humorous, yet relevant, comedy show Thursday, Jan. 24, in the HAWC, Malibu. A display of artwork created by students throughout the week will also be open for viewing on the first floor of the HAWC.
Terrence Roberts of the "Little Rock Nine" will speak at Payson Library Thursday, Jan. 31, at 4 p.m. in the Surfboard Room. Roberts made history as one of the nine African-American students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The world watched as they braved constant intimidation and threats from those who opposed integration of the formerly all-white high school. He will speak on his experience and his book Simple Not Easy: Reflections on Community Social Responsibility and Tolerance.
For more information about the Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice, visit the Pepperdine Volunteer Center Web site.